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Hunter syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis II, MPS II) is an X-linked recessive disease caused by insufficient levels of the lysosomal enzyme iduronate-2-sulfatase. This enzyme cleaves the terminal 2-O-sulfate moieties from the glycosaminoglycans (GAG) dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate. Due to the missing or defective iduronate-2-sulfatase enzyme in patients with Hunter syndrome, GAG progressively accumulate in the lysosomes of a variety of cells, leading to cellular engorgement, organomegaly, tissue destruction, and organ system dysfunction.

ELAPRASE is intended to provide exogenous enzyme for uptake into cellular lysosomes. Mannose-6-phosphate (M6P) residues on the oligosaccharide chains allow binding of the enzyme to the M6P receptors on the cell surface, leading to cellular internalization of the enzyme, targeting to intracellular lysosomes and subsequent catabolism of accumulated GAG.


Decreases in urinary GAG levels were observed following treatment with ELAPRASE. The responsiveness of urinary GAG to dosage alterations of ELAPRASE is unknown, and the relationship of urinary GAG to other measures of clinical response has not been established. Patients who tested positive for anti-idursulfase antibodies (Ab) experienced a less pronounced decrease in urinary GAG levels [see ADVERSE REACTIONS and Clinical Studies].


Clinical Trials in Patients 5 Years and Older

The pharmacokinetic characteristics of idursulfase were evaluated in 59 patients with Hunter syndrome. The serum concentration of idursulfase was quantified using an antigen-specific ELISA assay. The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) increased in a greater than dose proportional manner as the dose increased from 0.15 mg/kg to 1.5 mg/kg following a single 1-hour infusion of ELAPRASE. The pharmacokinetic parameters at the recommended dose regimen (0.5 mg/kg ELAPRASE administered weekly as a 3-hour infusion) were determined at Week 1 and Week 27 in 10 patients 7.7 to 27 years of age (Table 3). There were no apparent differences in PK parameter values between Week 1 and Week 27 regardless of the antibody status in these patients.

Table 3: Pharmacokinetic Parameters in Patients 7.7 to 27 Years of Age

Pharmacokinetic Parameter Week 1 Mean (SD) Week 27 Mean (SD)
Cmax (mcg/mL) 1.5 (0.6) 1.1 (0.3)
AUC (min•mcg/mL) 206 (87) 169 (55)
t½ (min) 44 (19) 48 (21)
CL (mL/min/kg) 3.0 (1.2) 3.4 (1.0)
Vss (mL/kg) 213 (82) 254 (87)

Clinical Trial in Patients 7 Years and Younger

Idursulfase pharmacokinetics was evaluated in 27 patients with Hunter syndrome 16 months to 7.5 years of age who received ELAPRASE 0.5 mg/kg once weekly as a 3-hour infusion. The presence of anti-idursulfase antibody (Ab) was associated with a reduced systemic exposure of idursulfase. Eight of the 18 Ab-positive patients had no measurable idursulfase concentrations. An additional 9 Ab-positive patients had decreased Cmax, AUC, and t½ at Week 27 compared to Week 1 (Table 4). Idursulfase pharmacokinetics was similar between Week 1 and Week 27 in Ab-negative patients (Table 4).

Table 4: Pharmacokinetic Parameters in Patients 16 months to 7.5 Years of Age

Pharm acokinetic Parameter Week1 Week 27
(N-27) All Patients Mean (SD) Anti-idursulfase Antibodies (Ab)*
(n-9) Negative Ab Mean (SD) (n-101) Positive Ab Mean (SD)
Cmax (mcg/mL) 1.33 (0.817) 1.40 (0.389) 0.706 (0.558)
AUC (min•mcg/mL) 224 (76.9)# 281 (81.8) 122 (92.1)$
t½ (min) 160 (69)# 134 (19) 84 (46)$
CL (mL/min/kg) 2.4 (0.7)# 2.0 (0. 8) 7.4 (6.0)$
Vss (mL/kg) 394 (423)# 272 (112) 829 (636)$
*Positive anti-idursulfase antibody (Ab) is defined as having at least one serum specimen with measurable antibody during study duration.
†Eight of 18 patients with positive Ab had no measurable concentrations at Week 27.
#N = 26
$N = 9

All patients with the complete gene deletion or large gene rearrangement genotype (n = 8) developed Ab at Week 27. Five of these eight patients had no measurable idursulfase concentrations at Week 27, and three had a lower systemic exposure at Week 27 compared to Week 1.

Clinical Studies

Clinical Trials in Patients 5 Years and Older

The safety and efficacy of ELAPRASE were evaluated in a 53-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 96 patients with Hunter syndrome. The trial included patients with deficiency in iduronate-2-sulfatase enzyme activity and a percent predicted forced vital capacity (% predicted FVC) less than 80%. The age of patients ranged from 5 to 31 years. Patients received ELAPRASE 0.5 mg/kg once per week (n=32), ELAPRASE 0.5 mg/kg once every other week (n=32), or placebo (n=32).

The primary efficacy outcome assessment was a two-component composite score based on the sum of the ranks of the change from baseline to Week 53 in distance walked in six minutes (6minute walk test) and the ranks of the change in % predicted FVC. This two-component composite primary endpoint differed statistically significantly between the three groups, and the difference was greatest between the placebo group and the once weekly treatment group (once weekly ELAPRASE vs. placebo, p=0.0049).

Examination of the individual components of the composite score showed that, in the adjusted analysis, the weekly ELAPRASE-treated group experienced a 35 meter greater mean increase in the distance walked in six minutes compared to placebo. The changes in %-predicted FVC were not statistically significant (Table 5).

Table 5: Clinical Trial Results

ELAPRASE Once Weekly - Placebo
Baseline Week 53 Change† Baseline Week 53 Change† Difference in Change
Results from the 6-Minute Walk Test (Meters)
Mean ± SD 392±108 436±138 44 ± 70 393 ±106 400 ±106 7 ± 54 37 ± 16‡
Median 397 429 31 403 412 -4 35 ± 14§
Percentiles (25th, 75th) 316, 488 365, 536 0, 94 341, 469 361, 460 -30, 31 (p=0.01)
Results from the Forced Vital Capacity Test (% of Predicted)
Mean ± SD 55.3 ± 15.9 58.7 ± 19.3 3.4 ± 10.0 55.6 ± 12.3 56.3 ± 15.7 0.8 ± 9.6 2.7 ± 2.5‡
Median 54.9 59.2 2.1 57.4 54.6 -2.5 4.3 ± 2.3§
Percentiles (25th, 75th) 43.6, 69.3 44.4, 70.7 -0.8, 9.5 46.9, 64.4 43.8, 67.5 -5.4, 5.0 (p=0.07)
* One patient in the placebo group and one patient in the ELAPRASE group died before Week 53; imputation was by last observation carried forward in the intent-to-treat analysis
† Change, calculated as Week 53 minus Baseline
‡ Observed mean ± SE
§ ANCOVA model based mean ± SE, adjusted for baseline disease severity, region, and age.

Pharmacodynamic assessments included urinary GAG levels and changes in liver and spleen size. Urinary GAG levels were elevated in all patients at baseline. Following 53 weeks of treatment, mean urinary GAG levels were reduced in the ELAPRASE once weekly group, although GAG levels still remained above the upper limit of normal in half of the ELAPRASE-treated patients. Urinary GAG levels remained elevated and essentially unchanged in the placebo group. Sustained reductions in both liver and spleen volumes were observed in the ELAPRASE once weekly group through Week 53 compared to placebo. There were essentially no changes in liver and spleen volumes in the placebo group.

Extension Trial

Patients who participated in the placebo-controlled trial were eligible to continue treatment in an open-label extension trial. During the extension trial, all patients received ELAPRASE 0.5mg/kg once weekly for 24 months.

Patients who were treated with ELAPRASE once weekly and every other week in the placebo-controlled trial demonstrated improvement in distance walked in the 6-minute walk test for an additional 8 months of treatment in the extension trial. There was no change in mean %predicted FVC in all Hunter syndrome patients after 6 months of treatment in the extension trial; however, a slight decrease in mean %-predicted FVC was demonstrated through to month 24 of the extension trial. The long-term effect of ELAPRASE on pulmonary function in Hunter syndrome patients is unclear.

There were no further reductions in mean urinary GAG levels in patients initially treated with ELAPRASE once weekly; however, the patients treated with ELAPRASE every other week during the placebo-controlled trial experienced further reductions in mean urinary GAG levels after changing to a more frequent dosing regimen during the extension trial. The persistence of reduced urinary GAG levels did not correlate with the long term effect demonstrated by the 6minute walk test distance or %-predicted FVC.

Clinical Trial in Patients 7 Years and Younger

A 53-week, open-label, multicenter, single-arm trial was conducted to assess the safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of ELAPRASE 0.5 mg/kg once weekly in male Hunter syndrome patients aged 7 years and younger. Safety results demonstrated that patients with complete gene deletion or large gene rearrangement mutations are more likely to develop antibodies, including neutralizing antibodies, and to experience hypersensitivity reactions with ELAPRASE administration [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. In patients who remained antibody negative, the pharmacokinetic profile, reduction in urinary GAG excretion levels, and reduction in spleen volume were similar to those of adults and children 5 years and older. In patients who were persistently antibody positive, the presence of anti-idursulfase antibody was associated with reduced systemic exposure of idursulfase and a less pronounced decrease in urinary GAG levels.

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/5/2013
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