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Gaudet D.,21 Clinical Research Center | Gaudet D.,University of Montreal | Brisson D.,21 Clinical Research Center | Brisson D.,University of Montreal | And 10 more authors.
New England Journal of Medicine

The familial chylomicronemia syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by severe hypertriglyceridemia and recurrent pancreatitis due to a deficiency in lipoprotein lipase (LPL). Currently, there are no effective therapies except for extreme restriction in the consumption of dietary fat. Apolipoprotein C-III (APOC3) is known to inhibit LPL, although there is also evidence that APOC3 increases the level of plasma triglycerides through an LPL-independent mechanism. We administered an inhibitor of APOC3 messenger RNA (mRNA), called ISIS 304801, to treat three patients with the familial chylomicronemia syndrome and triglyceride levels ranging from 1406 to 2083 mg per deciliter (15.9 to 23.5 mmol per liter). After 13 weeks of study-drug administration, plasma APOC3 levels were reduced by 71 to 90% and triglyceride levels by 56 to 86%. During the study, all patients had a triglyceride level of less than 500 mg per deciliter (5.7 mmol per liter) with treatment. These data support the role of APOC3 as a key regulator of LPL-independent pathways of triglyceride metabolism. © 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society. Source

Tremblay K.,University of Montreal | Tremblay K.,21 Clinical Research Center | Dubois-Bouchard C.,University of Montreal | Dubois-Bouchard C.,21 Clinical Research Center | And 4 more authors.
Frontiers in Genetics

Background: There are important inter-individual variations in the incidence and severity of acute pancreatitis in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia. Several genes involved in triglyceride-rich lipoprotein metabolism or serine proteases pathways are known to influence the risk of pancreatitis. Aim: To evaluate the association between genes regulating serine proteases, chymotrypsin C (CTRC) and serine peptidase inhibitor kazal type1 (SPINK1), and recurrence of hospitalizations for acute pancreatitis or severe abdominal pain in patients with Lipoprotein Lipase Deficiency (LPLD), a rare and extreme monogenic model of severe hypertriglyceridemia and pancreatitis. Method: The CTRC and SPINK1 genes promoter and coding regions sequencing has been performed in a sample of 38 LPLD adults (22 men and 16 women) and 100 controls (53 men and 47 women). Estimation of the association of CTRC and SPINK1 gene variants or combinations of variants with history of hospitalizations for pancreatitis or acute abdominal pain in LPLD was investigated using non-parametric analyses with correction for multiple testing and logistic regression models controlling for age, gender, family history, and life habits. Results: Gene sequencing followed by genotype-stratified analyses of the CTRC and SPINK1 genes in LPLD and controls revealed a positive association between recurrence of hospitalizations and the rs545634 (CTRC)-rs11319 (SPINK1) combination [OR = 41.4 (CI: 2.0-848.0); p = 0.016]. In all models, a positive family history of pancreatitis was a significant predictor of recurrent hospitalizations independently of the contribution of SPINK1 or CTRC (p < 0.001). Conclusion: These results suggest that a positive family history of pancreatitis and genetic markers in the serine protease pathways could be associated with a risk of recurrent hospitalization for acute pancreatitis in severe hypertriglyceridemia due to LPLD. © 2014 Tremblay, Dubois-Bouchard, Brisson and Gaudet. Source

Gaudet D.,21 Clinical Research Center | Gaudet D.,University of Montreal | Methot J.,21 Clinical Research Center | Methot J.,University of Montreal | And 12 more authors.
Gene Therapy

We describe the 2-year follow-up of an open-label trial (CT-AMT-011-01) of AAV1-LPLS447X gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase (LPL) deficiency (LPLD), an orphan disease associated with chylomicronemia, severe hypertriglyceridemia, metabolic complications and potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. The LPL S447X gene variant, in an adeno-associated viral vector of serotype 1 (alipogene tiparvovec), was administered to 14 adult LPLD patients with a prior history of pancreatitis. Primary objectives were to assess the long-term safety of alipogene tiparvovec and achieve a ≥40% reduction in fasting median plasma triglyceride (TG) at 3-12 weeks compared with baseline. Cohorts 1 (n=2) and 2 (n=4) received 3 × 1011 gc kg -1, and cohort 3 (n=8) received 1 × 1012 gc kg -1. Cohorts 2 and 3 also received immunosuppressants from the time of alipogene tiparvovec administration and continued for 12 weeks. Alipogene tiparvovec was well tolerated, without emerging safety concerns for 2 years. Half of the patients demonstrated a ≥40% reduction in fasting TG between 3 and 12 weeks. TG subsequently returned to baseline, although sustained LPL S447X expression and long-term changes in TG-rich lipoprotein characteristics were noted independently of the effect on fasting plasma TG. Copyright © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved 0969-7128/13. Source

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