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1365: A Human-Ready Regulated AAV9/miniMECP2-miRARE Gene Therapy (TSHA-102) Improves Survival, Weight, and Behavior after Intracerebroventricular (ICV) Dosing in the Neonatal Knockout Rett (RTT) Mouse Model

Type: Poster Session

Poster Board Number: 1365
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Session Title: Friday Poster Session
Start Time: 5/19/2023 12:00
End Time: 5/19/2023 14:00

Background: Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is an X-linked transcription regulator whose loss-of-function and duplication respectively mediate equally severe neurodevelopmental disorders: Rett syndrome (RTT) and MECP2 duplication syndrome. To create an effective gene therapy for RTT while mitigating the risk of overexpression-related side effects, researchers developed a miR-Responsive Autoregulatory Element (miRARE). Insertion of miRARE into the 3’UTR of a miniMECP2-myc viral genome was previously shown to improve the therapeutic profile of miniMECP2-myc gene therapy. More recently, researchers published an abstract describing the efficacy of TSHA-102, a clinical-candidate version of the AAV9/miniMECP2-miRARE vector (lacking the myc epitope tag), after intrathecal administration at postnatal day 7 (P7), P14, and P28. To illustrate the full therapeutic potential of TSHA-102, we also evaluated efficacy after neonatal administration. Methods: TSHA-102 was assessed in a pharmacology study in neonatal Mecp2-/Y KO mice. This study evaluated the efficacy of TSHA-102 dosing via intracerebroventricular (ICV) route at Postnatal Day 2 (PD2). Efficacy parameters evaluated included body weight (BW), survival, and phenotypic scores (Bird score). Results: ICV administration of TSHA-102 in P2 KO mice at a dose of 8.8 x 1010 vg/mouse [Human Equivalent Dose, (HED) 2.86 x 1014 vg/participant (Emami et al 2018)] significantly improved survival, BW, and behavior. The median survival for vehicle-treated KO mice was 8.1 weeks. While the longest-lived vehicle‐treated KO mouse survived to only 13.3 weeks, ~50% of the treated KO mice survived to 36 weeks of age, the age at which monitoring was ended. TSHA‐102 significantly improved BW in KO mice compared to vehicle treated KO mice. Bird score, a composite measure of six different phenotypes, was significantly improved in TSHA‐102‐treated KO mice. TSHA‐102 significantly delayed the average age of onset for severe clasping from approximately 7 to 21 weeks and severely abnormal gait from approximately 8 to 20 weeks. Conclusions: TSHA‐102 treatment at 8.8 x 1010 vg/mouse extended survival significantly in neonatal Mecp2‐/Y males, improved weight, improved their overall phenotypic score, and delayed the age of onset for severely abnormal limb clasping and gait.

Kome Okposo1, Emdadul Haque1, Chanchal Sadhu2, Suyash Prasad2, Mary Newman2, Michael W. Lawlor3, Steven J. Gray4, Sarah E. Sinnett4

1Department of Research and Development, Taysha Gene Therapies, Dallas, TX,2Formerly of Department of Research and Development, Taysha Gene Therapies, Dallas, TX,3Diverge Translational Science Laboratory, Milwaukee, WI,4Department of Pediatric, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  S.E. Sinnett: 1; Commercial Interest i.e. Company X; Taysha Gene Therapies. 1; What was received? i.e. Honorarium; Royalties, lab income, and personal income. 1; For what role? i.e. Speaker; Co-Inventor, Academic Primary Investigator. 2; Commercial Interest i.e. Company X; Abeona Therapeutics. 2; What was received? i.e. Honorarium; Royalties. 2; For what role? i.e. Speaker; Co-Inventor.

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