Determination of the role of injection site on the efficacy of intra-CSF enzyme replacement therapy in MPS IIIA mice

Helen Beard, Amanda J. Luck, Sofia Hassiotis, Barbara King, Paul J. Trim, Marten F. Snel, John J. Hopwood, Kim M. Hemsley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Citations (Scopus)


MPS IIIA is an inherited neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder characterized by cognitive impairment, sleep-wake cycle disturbance, speech difficulties, eventual mental regression and early death. Neuropathological changes include accumulation of heparan sulfate and glycolipids, neuroinflammation and degeneration. Pre-clinical animal studies indicate that replacement of the deficient enzyme, sulfamidase, via intra-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) injection is a clinically-relevant treatment approach, reducing neuropathological changes and improving symptoms. Given that there are several routes of administration of enzyme into the CSF (intrathecal lumbar, cisternal and ventricular), determining the effectiveness of each injection strategy is crucial in order to provide the best outcome for patients. We delivered recombinant human sulfamidase (rhSGSH) to a congenic mouse model of MPS IIIA via each of the three routes. Mice were euthanized 24. h or one-week post-injection; the distribution of enzyme within the brain and spinal cord parenchyma was investigated, and the impact on primary substrate levels and other pathological lesions determined. Both ventricular and cisternal injection of rhSGSH enable enzyme delivery to brain and spinal cord regions, with the former mediating large, statistically significant decreases in substrate levels and reducing microglial activation. The single lumbar CSF infusion permitted more restricted enzyme delivery, with no reduction in substrate levels and little change in other disease-related lesions in brain tissue. While the ventricular route is the most invasive of the three methods, this strategy may enable the widest distribution of enzyme within the brain, and thus requires further exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Genetics and Metabolism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Enzyme replacement therapy
  • Lysosomal storage disorder
  • Mouse
  • Sanfilippo syndrome


Dive into the research topics of 'Determination of the role of injection site on the efficacy of intra-CSF enzyme replacement therapy in MPS IIIA mice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this