In vitro study of encapsulation therapy for Fabry disease using genetically engineered CHO cell line

Y. Naganawa, K. Ohsugi, R. Kase, I. Date, H. Sakuraba, N. Sakuragawa

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Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase α-galactosidase A (α-gal). The deficiency of this enzyme leads to the systemic deposition of ceramide trihexoside (CTH) in various tissues and organs. Enzyme replacement using IV doses of recombinant human α-gal produced in CHO cells or in human fibroblasts is currently being evaluated in clinical trials as a potential therapy for this disease. However, it requires lifelong therapy involving a large amount of purified α-gal. As a novel approach for treatment of Fabry disease we used polymer encapsulated Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells genetically modified to express α-gal. The secreted high levels of α-gal passed through the semipermeable polymeric membrane. Using coculture system with Fabry fibroblasts, the secreted enzyme was taken up in cells, resulting in reduced accumulation of CTH in Fabry fibroblasts. This in vitro study demonstrated that an encapsulated α-gal-secreting cell line can be used to treat Fabry mice by transplantation in vivo. Judging from the protection against immune rejection by a semipermeable synthetic membrane, this novel approach may be applied to treat patients with Fabry disease and other lysosomal storage diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalCell Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • CHO cells
  • Ceramide trihexoside (CTH)
  • Encapsulation
  • Fabry disease
  • Fibroblasts
  • Gene therapy
  • α-Galactosidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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