Enzyme Replacement Therapies: What Is the Best Option?

Bioimpacts. 2018;8(3):153-157. doi: 10.15171/bi.2018.17. Epub 2018 Jul 7.


Despite many beneficial outcomes of the conventional enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), several limitations such as the high-cost of the treatment and various inadvertent side effects including the occurrence of an immunological response against the infused enzyme and development of resistance to enzymes persist. These issues may limit the desired therapeutic outcomes of a majority of the lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs). Furthermore, the biodistribution of the recombinant enzymes into the target cells within the central nervous system (CNS), bone, cartilage, cornea, and heart still remain unresolved. All these shortcomings necessitate the development of more effective diagnosis and treatment modalities against LSDs. Taken all, maximizing the therapeutic response with minimal undesired side effects might be attainable by the development of targeted enzyme delivery systems (EDSs) as a promising alternative to the LSDs treatments, including different types of mucopolysaccharidoses ( MPSs ) as well as Fabry, Krabbe, Gaucher and Pompe diseases.

Keywords: Enzyme delivery systems; Enzyme replacement therapies; Krabbe disease; Lysosomal storage disorders; Mucopolysaccharidoses; Targeted delivery systems.

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