Long-term open-label extension study of the safety and efficacy of intrathecal idursulfase-IT in patients with neuronopathic mucopolysaccharidosis II

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Enzyme replacement therapy with weekly infused intravenous (IV) idursulfase is effective in treating somatic symptoms of mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II; Hunter syndrome). A formulation of idursulfase for intrathecal administration (idursulfase-IT) is under investigation for the treatment of neuronopathic MPS II. Here, we report 36-month data from the open-label extension (NCT02412787) of a phase 2/3, randomized, controlled study (HGT-HIT-094; NCT02055118) that assessed the safety and efficacy of monthly idursulfase-IT 10 mg in addition to weekly IV idursulfase on cognitive function in children older than 3 years with MPS II and mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment. Participants were also enrolled in this extension from a linked non-randomized sub-study of children younger than 3 years at the start of idursulfase-IT therapy. The extension safety population comprised 56 patients who received idursulfase-IT 10 mg once a month (or age-adjusted dose for sub-study patients) plus IV idursulfase (0.5 mg/kg) once a week. Idursulfase-IT was generally well tolerated over the cumulative treatment period of up to 36 months. Overall, 25.0% of patients had at least one adverse event (AE) related to idursulfase-IT; most treatment-emergent AEs were mild in severity. Of serious AEs (reported by 76.8% patients), none were considered related to idursulfase-IT treatment. There were no deaths or discontinuations owing to AEs. Secondary efficacy analyses (in patients younger than 6 years at phase 2/3 study baseline; n = 40) indicated a trend for improved Differential Ability Scale-II (DAS-II) General Conceptual Ability (GCA) scores in the early idursulfase-IT versus delayed idursulfase-IT group (treatment difference over 36 months from phase 2/3 study baseline: least-squares mean, 6.8 [90% confidence interval: −2.1, 15.8; p = 0.2064]). Post hoc analyses of DAS-II GCA scores by genotype revealed a clinically meaningful treatment effect in patients younger than 6 years with missense variants of the iduronate-2-sulfatase gene (IDS) (least-squares mean [standard error] treatment difference over 36 months, 12.3 [7.24]). These long-term data further suggest the benefits of idursulfase-IT in the treatment of neurocognitive dysfunction in some patients with MPS II. After many years of extensive review and regulatory discussions, the data were found to be insufficient to meet the evidentiary standard to support regulatory filings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-103
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Genetics and Metabolism
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • Cognitive impairment
  • Enzyme replacement therapy
  • Idursulfase
  • Intrathecal
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II)
  • Neuronopathic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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