AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a new generation of human enzyme therapeutics as innovative solutions for rare metabolic diseases, today announced that dosing in the third cohort of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of pegtarviliase for the treatment of Classical Homocystinuria is underway. Patients in this cohort are receiving 1.35 mg/kg of pegtarviliase once weekly administered via subcutaneous injection; patients in cohorts 1 and 2 received doses of 0.15 mg/kg and 0.45 mg/kg, respectively.
Additionally, the company received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responding to a recently submitted protocol amendment for the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of pegtarviliase for the treatment of Classical Homocystinuria. The protocol amendment, among other things, requested the inclusion of adolescent patients at clinical trial sites in the U.S. The FDA stated the protocol did not provide adequate justification and evidence to support the prospect of direct clinical benefit for pediatric patients and placed the trial on partial clinical hold for the enrollment of patients less than 18 years of age under this Investigational New Drug (IND) at this time. The company intends to address the feedback from the FDA and aims to satisfy the requirements for prospective benefit for future inclusion of pediatric patients under the IND, including in a potential pivotal trial.
The company believes that the letter will have no impact on the planned enrollment and dosing of patients aged 18 years and older in the U.S. or patients aged 12 years and older in the UK and Australia. Enrollment in the trial remains on track and Aeglea continues to expect to announce data in the fourth quarter of 2022, including data from cohort 3. The primary endpoint of the Phase 1/2 open-label trial is safety and tolerability. Three to four patients will be enrolled in each cohort and treated with four once weekly doses of pegtarviliase.
About Pegtarviliase in Homocystinuria
Pegtarviliase (formerly AGLE-177) is a novel recombinant human enzyme, which is engineered to degrade the amino acid homocysteine and its dimer. Pegtarviliase is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the treatment of patients with Classical Homocystinuria, a rare inherited disorder of methionine metabolism that results in elevated levels of total homocysteine. Homocysteine accumulation plays a key role in multiple progressive and serious disease-related complications, including thromboembolic vascular events, skeletal abnormalities (including severe osteoporosis), developmental delay, intellectual disability, lens dislocation and severe near sightedness. In preclinical studies, pegtarviliase improved important disease-related abnormalities and survival in a mouse model of Homocystinuria. Pegtarviliase has received both U.S. and EU Orphan Drug Designation as well as U.S. Rare Pediatric Disease Designation.
About Aeglea BioTherapeutics
Aeglea BioTherapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company redefining the potential of human enzyme therapeutics to benefit people with rare metabolic diseases with limited treatment options. Aeglea is investigating pegtarviliase in an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the treatment of Classical Homocystinuria. Pegtarviliase has been granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation. Aeglea's other clinical program, pegzilarginase, achieved the primary endpoint of arginine reduction in the PEACE Phase 3 clinical trial and has received both Rare Pediatric Disease and Breakthrough Therapy Designations. The Marketing Authorization Application for pegzilarginase is currently under review with the European Medicines Agency. Aeglea has an active discovery platform focused on engineering small changes in human enzymes to have a big impact on the lives of patients and their families. For more information, please visit http://aeglea.com.
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