The GO-8 study focuses on assessing safety and efficacy of gene therapy for patients with severe haemophilia A



Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

I. Adult males, ≥ 18 years of age; confirmed diagnosis of severe HA (baseline plasma hFVIII levels of <1% of normal; assessed by a one-stage clotting or chromogenic assay) resulting from gene mutations that have a low risk for inhibitor development, such as intron 22 inversions, intron 1 inversions, splice-site mutations, small deletions/insertions, duplications and missense mutations; II. A severe bleeding phenotype as defined by at least one of the following: (a) On prophylaxis for a history of bleeding or (b) On demand therapy with a current or past history of 4 or more bleeding episodes/year or (c) evidence of chronic haemophilic arthropathy (pain, joint damage, and loss of range of motion) III. Received treatment with hFVIII concentrates with at least >50 exposure days; IV. Able to give full informed consent and able to comply with all requirements of the trial including 5-year long-term follow-up; V. Willing to practice barrier contraception until at least three consecutive semen samples after vector administration are below the sensitivity of the assay for vector sequences;

Exclusion Criteria

VI. Presence of neutralising anti-hFVIII antibodies (inhibitor, determined by the Bethesda inhibitor assay) at the time of enrolment or a previous history of hFVIII inhibitor; VII. Severe haemophilia A patients with large deletions (multiple exons) and nonsense mutations of the F8 gene.

VIII. Use of investigational therapy for haemophilia within 30 days before enrolment; IX. Subjects with active hepatitis B or C, and HBsAg or HCV RNA viral load positivity, respectively or currently on antiviral therapy for hepatitis B or C. (Negative viral assays in two samples, collected at least six months apart, will be required to be considered negative. Both natural clearers and those who have cleared HCV on antiviral therapy are eligible).

X. Serological evidence of HIV; XI. Evidence of liver dysfunction (persistently elevated ALT >1.5X upper limit of normal); XII. Uncontrolled glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, or hypertension (systolic BP consistently ≥140 mmHg or diastolic BP consistently ≥90 mmHg); XIII. Any disease or condition (including cancer) at the physician's discretion that would prevent the patient from fully complying with the requirements of the study.; XIV. Suspicious lung lesions on CT scan that raise the possibility of cancer or premalignant pathology (based on chest CT scan done at screening or within 6 months prior to the screening visit) XV. Presence of liver abnormality that is suspicious of malignancy on screening liver ultrasound XVI. Patients with uncontrolled cardiac failure or unstable angina; XVII. Detectable neutralising anti-AAV8 antibodies XVIII. Received an AAV vector, or any other gene transfer agent in the previous 6 months XIX. History of active tuberculosis, fungal disease or other chronic infection XX. Subjects who are unwilling to provide the required semen samples XXI. Poor performance status (WHO score >1) XXII. Patients at high risk of thromboembolic events (high risk patients would include those with a history of arterial or venous thromboembolism (e.g. deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, non-haemorrhagic stroke, arterial embolus) and those with acquired thrombophilia including conditions such as atrial fibrillation).

XXIII. Patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 2 and above

Study Design

Phase 1
Study Type
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Treatment Arm
Treatment with AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3
  • Biological: AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3
    Infusion of AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3

Recruiting Locations

UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science and nearby locations

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Vlad Radulescu, MD

More Details

University College, London

Study Contact

Mark Phillips

Detailed Description

Haemophilia A is an x-linked, life threatening bleeding disorder arising from defects in the coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) gene. Current treatment for haemophilia A, the commonest inherited bleeding disorder (prevalence of 1 in 5000 individuals) consists of life-long, 2-3X/week, intravenous injection of clotting factor concentrates, which is demanding, exceedingly expensive not widely available nor curative. In contrast, gene therapy offers the potential of a cure for haemophilia A as illustrated by our first unequivocal success in a related condition, haemophilia B. In that study the investigators showed that a single intravenous administration of a serotype 8 based adeno-associated virus, (AAV8) vector encoding the factor IX (FIX) gene resulted in stable (>6 years) therapeutic expression of FIX without long-lasting toxicity. The investigators plan to use the same AAV8 platform to evaluate a novel FVIII expression cassette, AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3, in patient with haemophilia A. Extensive preclinical studies demonstrate that AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3 leads to long-term, endogenous expression of FVIII in mouse and non-human primate models without toxicity even when fifty-fold higher doses than the proposed starting clinical trial dose were used. Therefore, an open label, Phase I/II dose escalation study entailing a single systemic administration of AAV2/8-HLP-FVIII-V3 in adults (>18 years of age) with severe haemophilia A who have baseline factor FVIII levels of <1% of normal has been designed to establish safety and efficacy of our approach. Dosing will begin at 6x10^11 vector genome (vg)/kg progressing sequentially to 2x10^12vg/kg and ultimately 6x10^12vg/kg in the absence of toxicity. A minimum of 2 patients will be recruited at each dose with a possibility of expanding the dose cohort to a maximum of 6 patients based on safety and efficacy. The study duration for each patient will be 15 years after vector infusion.


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