Outcome measures for clinical trials of Leber congenital amaurosis caused by the intronic mutation in the CEP290 gene

Samuel G. Jacobson, Artur V. Cideciyan, Alexander Sumaroka, Alejandro J. Roman, Jason Charng, Monica Lu, Windy Choi, Rebecca Sheplock, Malgorzata Swider, Mychajlo S. Kosyk, Sharon B. Schwartz, Edwin M. Stone, Gerald A. Fishman

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PURPOSE. To determine efficacy outcome measures for clinical trials of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) associated with a common intronic mutation in the CEP290 gene. METHODS. CEP290-LCA patients (ages 5-48) with the intronic mutation (c.2991+1655A>G) were studied as a retrospective observational case series using clinical methods and with fullfield sensitivity testing (FST), optical coherence tomography (OCT), autofluorescence imaging (NIR-RAFI), transient pupillary light reflex (TPLR), oculomotor control and instability (OCI), a mobility course, and a questionnaire (NEI-VFQ). Patients were investigated crosssectionally but a subset was able to be followed longitudinally. RESULTS. With FST, there was no rod function; cone sensitivities had a wide range from not detectable to near normal. OCT analyses indicated retained central photoreceptors with abnormal distal laminae. Based on OCT and FST, most patients had dissociation of structure and function. TPLR was nondetectable in the majority of patients, with responders demonstrating severe losses in light sensitivity. OCI was abnormal in most patients. NEIVFQ scores had a similar range to those of other severe retinopathies. Mobility scores were consistent with FST sensitivities. In patients examined with FST, OCT, and NIR-RAFI over longterm intervals (7-10 years), there was limited but detectable disease progression. CONCLUSIONS. Efficacy would be a quantitative change in foveal cone function and possibly distal laminar structure. FST provides a subjective photoreceptor-based outcome; OCT and NIR-RAFI can assess photoreceptor and RPE structure. TPLR and OCI can provide objective measures of postretinal transmission. Minimal change over a decade indicates that there is no practical value in natural history studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2609-2622
Number of pages14
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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