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BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Homology Medicines, Inc. (FIXX), a genetic medicines company, announced today a peer-reviewed publication demonstrating its proprietary adeno-associated viral vectors (AAVHSCs) crossed the blood-brain-barrier and blood-nerve-barrier in non-human primates (NHPs), highlighting their potential to deliver gene therapy for central and peripheral nervous system disorders.
The publication includes the initial characterization of biodistribution with three of Homology’s 15 AAVHSCs, including their ability to transduce, or target, key cells following a single intravenous (I.V.) administration in NHPs. AAVHSCs are naturally occurring vectors originally isolated from human hematopoietic stem cells.
“Many neurological diseases, including lysosomal storage and neuromuscular disorders, have cognitive and systemic components requiring a genetic medicine to reach multiple tissues to target the disease-relevant cell types,” said Albert Seymour, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Homology Medicines. “Here we evaluated the ability of three of our novel AAVHSCs to cross the blood-brain-barrier and the blood-nerve barrier after I.V. administration in NHPs in addition to other key tissues, which allows us to choose the vectors best suited for particular diseases. We have observed that small sequence changes among our family of AAVHSCs are associated with differences in their ability to target disease-relevant tissues. We continue to characterize these properties and the potential of AAVHSCs as vehicles for therapeutic delivery.”
Following I.V. administration of AAVHSC -7, -15 and -17 in NHPs, analyses showed transduction and transgene expression:
Throughout the central nervous system (CNS) in white and grey matter regions as well as the retina, including glial and neuronal cells.
In the spinal cord and associated dorsal root ganglia in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), demonstrating the ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier in addition to the blood-nerve-barrier.
In peripheral tissues, including the liver, skeletal muscle and heart.
The publication, “Clade F AAVHSCs Cross the Blood Brain Barrier and Transduce the Central Nervous System in Addition to Peripheral Tissues Following Intravenous Administration in Nonhuman Primates,” was peer-reviewed and published in the journal PLOS ONE. For more information, please visit https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0225582 or www.homologymedicines.com/publications.
About Homology Medicines, Inc.
Homology Medicines, Inc. is a genetic medicines company dedicated to transforming the lives of patients suffering from rare genetic diseases with significant unmet medical needs by curing the underlying cause of the disease. Homology’s proprietary platform is designed to utilize its human hematopoietic stem cell-derived adeno-associated virus vectors (AAVHSCs) to precisely and efficiently deliver genetic medicines in vivo either through a gene therapy or nuclease-free gene editing modality across a broad range of genetic disorders. Homology has a management team with a successful track record of discovering, developing and commercializing therapeutics with a particular focus on rare diseases, and intellectual property covering its suite of 15 AAVHSCs. Homology believes that its compelling preclinical data, scientific expertise, product development strategy, manufacturing capabilities and intellectual property position it as a leader in the development of genetic medicines. For more information, please visit www.homologymedicines.com.
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