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  • Publication : 20 08 2019
  • Catégorie :La recherche médicale et génétique

Therapeutic advances in SMA.    

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the advent of novel therapies and their impact on the field of chromosome 5q-associated spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
RECENT FINDINGS: Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) enhancing SMN2 function are delivered intrathecally and small molecules will also be available soon delivered by the oral route; alternatively, systemic injection of viral vectors in order to replace the SMN gene are likely to be available in the future. In summer 2019, it remains the core finding that intrathecally delivered ASOs convincingly change the natural history of the disease in children and that the treatment effect is the better, the earlier ASO treatment is started. Therefore, postnatal screening for deletions and mutations in the SMN gene is presently discussed. Much has to be learnt, however, both on the challenges of the intrathecal mode of delivery and the efficacy of ASOs in adolescent and adult patients. Therapeutic outcome measures mirroring this phenotype are difficult to assess in this group of patients.
SUMMARY: Therapeutic advances in 5q-associated SMA have been convincing in the previous years and change the field. This includes newborn screening, changing phenotypes in the treated children, challenges for drug administration in adolescents and adults and the comparison of drug effects. Long-term studies are required.

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