Effects of enzyme replacement therapy in Fabry disease—A comprehensive review of the medical literature


Enzyme replacement therapy with α-galactosidase A has been used to treat Fabry disease since 2001. This article reviews the published evidence for clinical efficacy of the two available enzyme preparations. We focused on heart, kidney, and nervous system manifestations, which impact both quality of life and overall prognosis. A literature search was undertaken to identify prospective open or randomized controlled trials of enzyme replacement therapy in patients with Fabry disease published since 2001. To date, no definitive conclusion can be drawn from studies that have directly compared therapeutic responses between the two commercially available enzyme preparations. Significant clinical benefits of enzyme replacement therapy have been demonstrated, mainly in patients at an early phase of the disease, with beneficial effects on heart, kidneys, pain, and quality of life in treated patients. Incidence of antibodies against agalsidase alfa and agalsidase beta observed during major clinical studies suggests a greater antigenic response to agalsidase beta. Further studies are required to confirm the long-term clinical benefits of enzyme replacement therapy. More studies with female patients are needed as are investigations of early initiation of enzyme replacement therapy to determine the optimal time to start treatment to prevent irreversible organ damage. The value of adjunctive and supportive therapies should also be rigorously analyzed.

DOI: 10.1097/GIM.0b013e3181f13b75
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@article{Lidove2010EffectsOE, title={Effects of enzyme replacement therapy in Fabry disease—A comprehensive review of the medical literature}, author={Olivier Lidove and Michael L. West and Guillem Pintos-Morell and Ricardo C Reisin and Kathy M Nicholls and Luis Eduardo Figuera and Rossella Parini and Luiz Roberto Carvalho and Christoph Kampmann and Gregory McCarthy Pastores and Atul B. Mehta}, journal={Genetics in Medicine}, year={2010}, volume={12}, pages={668-679} }