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Summary for Patent: 10,279,014
Title:Gene editing methods and compositions for eliminating risk of JC virus activation and PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) during immunosuppressive therapy
Abstract: A method of eliminating the risk of JCV activation in a subject undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, by administering an effective amount of a gene editing composition directed toward at least one target sequence in the JCV genome, cleaving the target sequence in the JCV genome, disrupting the JCV genome, eliminating the JCV infection, eliminating the risk of JCV activation, and treating the subject with an immunosuppressive therapy. A pharmaceutical composition including at least one isolated nucleic acid sequence encoding a CRISPR-associated endonuclease and at least one gRNA having a spacer sequence complementary to a target sequence in a JCV DNA, the isolated nucleic acid sequences being included in at least one expression vector. Pharmaceutical compositions including at least one isolated nucleic acid sequence encoding at least one TALEN, at least one ZFN, and gene editing composition of C2c1, C2c3, TevCas9, Archaea Cas9, CasY.1-CasY.6, CasX, or argonaute protein, which target at least one nucleotide sequence of the JCV genome.
Inventor(s): Khalili; Kamel (Bala Cynwyd, PA), Malcolm; Thomas (Bedminster, NJ), Kohn; Kenneth I. (West Bloomfield, MI)
Assignee: Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown)
Application Number:15/864,309
Patent Claims:1. A method of eliminating a risk of John Cunningham virus (JCV) activation in a subject undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, including the steps of: administering, to a subject latently infected with JCV, an effective amount of a gene editing composition of a Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR) Cas9 endonuclease directed toward at least one target PAM sequence in the T-antigen of the JCV genome chosen from the group consisting of TTA, TTC, TTG, and TTT; cleaving the target sequence in the JCV genome; disrupting the JCV genome; eliminating the JCV infection; eliminating the risk of JCV activation; and treating the subject with an immunosuppressive therapy at a time chosen from the group consisting of before, during, or after administering the gene editing composition.

2. The method according to claim 1, additionally including, prior to said administering step, the steps of screening the subject for latent JCV infection, and verifying the presence of a latent JCV infection.

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein the gene editing composition is defined as an effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition including at least one isolated nucleic acid sequence encoding the CRISPR Cas9 endonuclease, and at least one guide RNA (gRNA) having a spacer sequence complementary to a target PAM sequence in the T-antigen of a JCV DNA chosen from the group consisting of TTA, TTC, TTG, and TTT.

4. The method according to claim 3, wherein the CRISPR Cas9 endonuclease is selected from a wild-type Cas9, a human-optimized Cas9, a nickase mutant Cas9, SpCas9(K855a), SpCas9(K810A/K1003A/r1060A), or SpCas9(K848A/K1003A/R1060A).

5. The method according to claim 4, wherein the at least one gRNA having a spacer sequence complementary to a target sequence in a JCV DNA is further defined as at least one gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the large T-antigen (T-Ag) encoding region of the JCV DNA.

6. The method according to claim 5, wherein the at least one gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the T-Ag encoding region of the JCV DNA includes a gRNA having a spacer sequence complementary to a target sequence in the TM1 region of the T-Ag encoding region chosen from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 1, SEQ ID NO: 2, SEQ ID NO: 3, and SEQ ID NO: 4, a gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the TM2 region of the T-Ag encoding region chosen from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 5, SEQ ID NO: 6, SEQ ID NO: 7, and SEQ ID NO: 8, a gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the TM3 region of the T-Ag encoding region chosen from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 9, SEQ ID NO: 10, SEQ ID NO: 11, and SEQ ID NO: 12, or any combination of said gRNAs.

7. The method according to claim 6, wherein the gRNA having a spacer sequence complementary to a target sequence in the TM1 region is gRNA m1, the gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the TM2 region is gRNA m2, and the gRNA having a spacer sequence complimentary to a target sequence in the TM3 region is gRNA m3.

8. The method according to claim 1, wherein the gene editing composition is encoded by at least one isolated nucleotide sequence included in at least one expression vector.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the at least one expression vector is chosen from the group consisting of lentiviral vectors, adenovirus vectors, adeno-associated virus vectors, vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) vectors, pox virus vectors, and retroviral vectors.

10. The method according to claim 1, wherein the immunosuppressive therapy is further defined as treatment with a composition selected from Brentuximab vedotin, Rituximab, Natalizumab, Fingolimod, Efalizumab, Vedolizumab, dimethyl fumarate, Belatacept, Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, a glucocorticoid, methotrexate, Azathioprine, Cyclosporine, Cyclophosphamide, Chlorambucil, Mycophenolate mofetil, Daclizumab, and Infliximab.

11. The method according to claim 1, wherein the gene editing composition further includes a composition chosen from the group consisting of siRNA, miRNAs, shRNAs, and RNAi.

Details for Patent 10,279,014

Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source
Genentech RITUXAN rituximab SOLUTION;INTRAVENOUS 103705 001 1997-11-26   Start Trial Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown) 2039-05-17 RX search
Genentech RITUXAN rituximab SOLUTION;INTRAVENOUS 103705 002 1997-11-26   Start Trial Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown) 2039-05-17 RX search
Centocor Inc REMICADE infliximab VIAL 103772 001 1998-08-24   Start Trial Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown) 2039-05-17 RX Orphan search
Biogen Idec TYSABRI natalizumab VIAL; SINGLE-USE 125104 001 2004-11-23   Start Trial Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown) 2039-05-17 RX search
Bristol Myers Squibb NULOJIX belatacept INJECTABLE; INJECTION 125288 001 2011-06-15   Start Trial Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Bedminster, unknown) Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, unknown) 2039-05-17 RX search
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