Fusion of Rabies Virus Glycoprotein or gh625 to Iduronate-2-Sulfatase for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II

Shaun Wood, Ahsan Chaudrhy, Stuart Ellison, Rachel Searle, Constance Burgod, Ghazala Tehseen, Gabbie Forte, Claire O'Leary, Helene Gleitz, Aiyin Liao, James Cook, Rebecca Holley, Brian Bigger

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Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) is a lysosomal storage disease caused by a mutation in the IDS gene, resulting in deficiency of the enzyme iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) causing heparan sulfate (HS) and dermatan sulfate (DS) accumulation in all cells. This leads to skeletal and cardiorespiratory disease with severe neurodegeneration in two thirds of sufferers. Enzyme replacement therapy is ineffective at treating neurological disease, as intravenously delivered IDS is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Hematopoietic stem cell transplant is also unsuccessful, presumably due to insufficient IDS enzyme production from transplanted cells engrafting in the brain. We used two different peptide sequences (rabies virus glycoprotein [RVG] and gh625), both previously published as BBB-crossing peptides, fused to IDS and delivered via hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy (HSCGT). HSCGT with LV.IDS.RVG and LV.IDS.gh625 was compared with LV.IDS.ApoEII and LV.IDS in MPS II mice at 6 months post-transplant. Levels of IDS enzyme activity in the brain and peripheral tissues were lower in LV.IDS.RVG- and LV.IDS.gh625-treated mice than in LV.IDS.ApoEII- and LV.IDS-treated mice, despite comparable vector copy numbers. Microgliosis, astrocytosis, and lysosomal swelling were partially normalized in MPS II mice treated with LV.IDS.RVG and LV.IDS.gh625. Skeletal thickening was normalized by both treatments to wild-type levels. Although reductions in skeletal abnormalities and neuropathology are encouraging, given the low levels of enzyme activity compared with control tissue from LV.IDS- and LV.IDS.ApoEII-transplanted mice, the RVG and gh625 peptides are unlikely to be ideal candidates for HSCGT in MPS II and are inferior to the ApoEII peptide that we have previously demonstrated to be more effective at correcting MPS II disease than IDS alone.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Gene Therapy
Early online date22 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2023


  • MPS II
  • blood-brain barrier
  • hunter disease
  • stem cell gene therapy


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