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damon459 t1_j0whbjm wrote

Will anyone be able to afford it though?


Heavy-Invite-3014 t1_j0wo6i2 wrote

I wonder how the face of a burn victim could and would recover with this treatment. That alone would improve the lives of burn-patients. I hope this is as good of a solution as is promised in this article!


Pinky01 t1_j0wpgh3 wrote

also imagine how well this will work for burn victims. gel is soothing and preve to disease to barrier and then eith the gene therapy. this could be a game changer


pillspaythebills t1_j0wqgre wrote

This is targeted gene therapy- these patients all lack a gene to make a specific protein in the skin. This gel introduces the gene so the body can make the protein. It could also be helpful to treat burn patients, but there are a lot of complexities in burn treatment, and I’m not sure what part the specific protein (collagen VII) plays in burn or other skin pathologies.


Unwarranted_optimism t1_j0wrvge wrote

This is amazing! Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is truly awful. Curious if the treatment can be used in the mucosal membranes as well to mitigate the malnutrition and anemia. Thanks for sharing!


DOPEFIEND77B t1_j0wtowz wrote

Isn’t this part of the plot of Bioshock?


katarh t1_j0wy2s7 wrote

One of the trial participants is Italian, and now that the trial has ended, he's lost access to it. They're trying to get him emergency compassionate use authorization through the Italian government so he can have access again.


sassyseven t1_j0wyxpt wrote

It blows my mind that they used the part of herpes that we normally think of as “bad” (evolved to evade human immune system) to their advantage


bentlimerick t1_j0x1z9d wrote

Those are amazing results. Those confidence intervals for complete wound healing are awesome.

It's a shame that clinical trial results aren't given in a standard report card style that always shows the complete response rates and confidence intervals.

Some of these "butterfly" patients might even be able to get a decent hug thanks to these treatments.

There's a line at the end of the paper "Longer and larger trials are warranted to determine the durability and side effects of B-VEC for this disease." that kind of misses the point.

Trials just don't last that long. Fifteen years is about as long as they come.

The number of pediatric patients and the fact that they need this to work for their whole life and the fact that this could dramatically increase their life expectancy really does highlight how we need a way to follow them for another 50 years or more.

It's crazy that we have modern medical technology like gene therapy but we're still doing clinical trial tracking as if the internet and databases weren't invented and everything is being kept in manilla folders.

Kids have social security numbers. Kids with this kind of condition often get submitted for disability through social security. All of these patients were registered to a clinical trial that is tracked by the NIH. It really shouldn't be that hard whether with an opt in or an opt out system to set things up so that trial arm information can be checked against disability information on an annual basis.


Doctor_YOOOU t1_j0x4r14 wrote

This is amazing. Gene therapies are being applied in more and more amazing ways.


rclaybaugh t1_j0x6l0z wrote

Unfortunately only 1 of the participants had the dystrophic version of the disease, all others had the recessive, simplex version. I think we should hold off on full judgement until it's proven right. Though as someone with this, I'm very excited.

Edit: I'm wrong, disregard this comment


Sefony t1_j0xbz4u wrote

I just typed out a whole comment to ask you a question, then decided I was going to be good and google it first. The answer was in the top few results. now I'm three wikipedia articles deep and enjoying the heck out of it. Thank you! I


LePlaneteSauvage t1_j0xdrwi wrote

I have well medicated EBA. I haven't had any blisters for about a year now but I still have extremely fragile skin, particularly on my lower legs.

It is impossible to communicate just how painful this condition is. I would not believe it if I did not experience it myself. I have experienced a lot of pain in my life, but this is unbearable. The best analogy I can come up with is that it feels as if you are pushing a glowing ember against your skin when anything touches an open sore. This is particularly true for water which makes showering extremely difficult at times.

I just want to give this some context because "blistering skin condition" is really underselling it. I'm not a religious person, but God help anybody suffering from EB.


the_real_mvp_is_you t1_j0xfruz wrote

I have EBS localized that I inherited from my father. These study results are great news.

I've described walking on blisters like walking on coals or a bed of nails or broken glass. It's so much worse when they're in an area that cycles. I've had blisters last for three to four months in one area. I can still only imagine the pain that those with RDEB suffer from.

They call us all butterfly people, but my skin is tough as leather compared to theirs. And that's not even going into JEB.


damon459 t1_j0xiihn wrote

Medicare itself does cover prescription drugs, you need a part D plan and believe me they have no good options, I know as I was on disability for 18 years and my employer sponsored health insurance is way way better and costs less.


BigHarryMC t1_j0xo64y wrote

We’ve got Bacta now. Dope


shadowbethoven t1_j0y128y wrote

What company was this? Or was this a university?


mascaraforever t1_j0y4q7f wrote

I followed two kids with the more severe version of this disease on IG. Both have since passed. Advances like this make me so happy but it’s bittersweet. If anyone is on IG, there’s an account called “Special Books for Special Kids” which features people with all kinds of different disabilities. The couple who run it are the most kind hearted souls and I’ve learned so, so much from it.


pillspaythebills t1_j0z6gfc wrote

Good question! The crux of gene therapy is getting the missing gene delivered to the right place in the body to ensure it gets integrated into the patient’s DNA, so gene expression can occur. Most gene therapy treatments leverage a modified virus to deliver the gene. For this particular treatment, the researchers are using a modified herpes simplex virus to introduce the gene to the skin cells.


anotherone121 t1_j0zwenj wrote

>There's a line at the end of the paper "Longer and larger trials are warranted to determine the durability and side effects of B-VEC for this disease." that kind of misses the point.
>Trials just don't last that long. Fifteen years is about as long as they come.

I suspect far shorter is fine. The concern around durability likely has to do with the vector used and the turnover of the tissue, transfected. Is the transgene being inserted as an epizome (doesn't multiply during cell replication... so gets diluted out over time) or is it integrating into the chromosome (--> safety concerns)? If it integrates, into what cell types, with what efficiency, and in what tissue layer, and how quickly do these turnover? In short, the clinical effect may be temporary.... quite temporary, depending on the technical details.


Rombledore t1_j107hxi wrote

and it will cost $70k per use and will not be covered by insurances due to it being a "new to market therapy" with other alternatives available for use.