Grant Award Details

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy for X-linked Agammaglobulinemia
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Project Objective: 
  • To develop an autologous, gene-modified, HSC cell therapy candidate for X-linked Agammaglobulinemia (XLA)
Disease Focus: 
Blood Disorders
Human Stem Cell Use: 
Adult Stem Cell
Award Value: 

Progress Reports

Reporting Period: 
Year 1
Reporting Period: 
Year 2

Grant Application Details

Application Title: 
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy for X-linked Agammaglobulinemia
Public Abstract: 

Research Objective

The objectives of this study are to advance a stem cell gene therapy for the immunodeficiency XLA, defining the final therapeutic candidate and showing therapeutic activity in a relevant mouse model.


XLA can be treated with chronic immunoglobulin replacement, but may be sub-optimal due to infections and inflammatory complications. Stem cell gene therapy may provide a curative one time treatment.

Major Proposed Activities

  • 1. Assess BTK lineage expression and humoral immune reconstitution in BTK/TEK double knock-out mouse model of XLA by BTK gene editing and transplantation to demonstrate disease modifying activity.
  • 2. Compare different BTK transgene expression units for the lineages, levels and lymphocyte function they produce to define optimal candidate.
  • 3. Assess safety of BTK editing by secondary transplants of edited cells into congenic (CD45.1) recipients.
  • 4. Establish draft Target Product Profile.
  • 5. Develop measures of identity, activity and purity.
  • 6. Define therapeutic candidate, based on results of above studies
Statement of Benefit to California: 

Regenerative medicine methods using genetically-corrected human stem cells will result in novel, effective therapies for blood cell diseases to improve the health of millions of Californians and tens of millions of people world-wide. Scientific findings and biomedical materials produced will be publicly available to non-profit and academic organizations in California, and any intellectual property developed by this Project will follow the guidelines of CIRM to benefit the State of California.