Pulmonary function is impaired in untreated mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI). Pulmonary function was studied in patients during long-term enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with recombinant human arylsulfatase B (rhASB; rhN-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfatase). Pulmonary function tests prior to and for up to 240 weeks of weekly infusions of rhASB at 1 mg/kg were completed in 56 patients during Phase 1/2, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 3 Extension trials of rhASB and the Survey Study. Forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) and, in a subset of patients, maximum voluntary ventilation (MVV), were analyzed as absolute volume in liters. FEV1 and FVC showed little change from baseline during the first 24 weeks of ERT, but after 96 weeks, these parameters increased over baseline by 11% and 17%, respectively. This positive trend compared with baseline continued beyond 96 weeks of treatment. Improvements from baseline in pulmonary function occurred along with gains in height in the younger group (5.5% change) and in the older patient group (2.4% change) at 96 weeks. Changes in MVV occurred earlier within 24 weeks of treatment to approximately 15% over baseline. Model results based on data from all trials showed significant improvements in the rate of change in pulmonary function during 96 weeks on ERT, whereas little or no improvement was observed for the same time period prior to ERT. Thus, analysis of mean percent change data and longitudinal modeling both indicate that long-term ERT resulted in improvement in pulmonary function in MPS VI patients.
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Acknowledgments We acknowledge the participation of study patients and their families and the expert assistance of all study-site coordinators and personnel. We also acknowledge the key contributions of our colleagues Dr. Ann Lowe and Ms. Mary Newman, as well as the many other BioMarin employees and consultants who performed important roles during the studies. Dr. Helen Nicely of BioMarin contributed to the editing of this document. This study was sponsored by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., and supported, in part, with funds provided by the National Center for Research Resources, 5 M01 RR-01271 (Dr. Harmatz), 5 M01 RR-00400 (Dr. Whitley), M01 RR-00334 (Dr. Steiner), and UL1-RR-024134 (Dr. Kaplan). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health.