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Boston, Massachusetts 02115


The purpose of this study is to determine whether triheptanoin (UX007) is effective in the treatment of neurological symptoms related to citrate transporter deficiency (SLC13A5 gene mutation).

Study summary:

This compassionate use research study has been developed to study an investigational drug, triheptanoin (UX007), for the treatment of neurological symptoms related to citrate transporter deficiency, a disease with no existing treatment. The hypothesis is that triheptanoin will restore deficient energy metabolism in these patients, leading to improved seizure control, mental clarity, and physical strength. Based on the literature, the SLC13A5 gene product is a citrate transporter. However, there is the possibility that other compounds are transported as well. The gene may be expressed in human neurons and function at the level of the plasma membrane. The hypothesis is that the transport of citrate across the plasma membrane from the extracellular space into the cytoplasm plays a role in maintaining the pool size of citrate in both the cytoplasm and mitochondrial matrix. Triheptanoin therapy may increase the metabolism of odd-chain fatty acids in neuronal mitochondria and thereby increase the levels of succinyl-CoA, leading to an increase in citrate concentrations. The increased level of citrate in the mitochondrial matrix may lead to an increased efflux of citrate from the matrix to the cytoplasm, thus increasing the cytoplasmic pool of citrate and allowing the malfunctioning citrate transporter to be bypassed. If successful, triheptanoin treatment will improve neuronal function and lead to an improvement in CNS function for patients. While investigators will follow the course of subjects with considerable interest and may use some of the collected data for clinical research, this study is done for humanitarian reasons.


Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of citrate transporter deficiency due to mutations in the SLC13A5 gene. - Presentation with severe global developmental delay and seizures. Exclusion Criteria: - Valproate is an AED that partially inhibits the TCA cycle via alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase and should not be administered to subjects taking UX007.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Irina A Anselm, MD
Children's Hospital Boston

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Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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