Oral treatment for mucopolysaccharidosis VI: Outcomes of the first phase IIa study with odiparcil

J Inherit Metab Dis. 2022 Mar;45(2):340-352. doi: 10.1002/jimd.12467. Epub 2021 Dec 30.


Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) disorders are a group of rare, progressive lysosomal storage diseases characterized by the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and classified according to the deficient enzyme. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) of MPS VI has limited effects on ophthalmic, cardiovascular, and skeletal systems. Odiparcil is an orally available small molecule that results in the synthesis of odiparcil-linked GAGs facilitating their excretion and reducing cellular and tissue GAG accumulation. Improve MPS treatment was a Phase 2a study of the safety, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and efficacy of two doses of odiparcil in patients with MPS VI. The core study was a 26-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients receiving ERT and an open-label, noncomparative, single-dose cohort not receiving ERT. Patients aged ≥ 16 years receiving ERT were randomized to odiparcil 250 or 500 mg twice daily or placebo. Patients without ERT received odiparcil 500 mg twice daily. Of 20 patients enrolled, 13 (65.0%) completed the study. Odiparcil increased total urine GAGs (uGAGs), chondroitin sulfate, and dermatan sulfate concentrations. A linear increase in uGAG levels and odiparcil exposure occurred with increased odiparcil dose. Odiparcil demonstrated a good safety and tolerability profile. Individual analyses found more improvements in pain, corneal clouding, cardiac, vascular, and respiratory functions in the odiparcil groups vs placebo. This study confirmed the mechanism of action and established the safety of odiparcil with clinical beneficial effects after only a short treatment duration in an advanced stage of disease. Further assessment of odiparcil in younger patients is needed.

Keywords: glycosaminoglycans; mucopolysaccharidosis; odiparcil; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; safety.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Enzyme Replacement Therapy / methods
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Glycosides / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Mucopolysaccharidoses*
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis VI* / drug therapy
  • N-Acetylgalactosamine-4-Sulfatase* / therapeutic use


  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Glycosides
  • N-Acetylgalactosamine-4-Sulfatase
  • odiparcil