Efficacy of the pharmacologic chaperone migalastat in a subset of male patients with the classic phenotype of Fabry disease and migalastat-amenable variants: data from the phase 3 randomized, multicenter, double-blind clinical trial and extension study

Dominique P. Germain, Kathy Nicholls, Roberto Giugliani, Daniel G. Bichet, Derralynn A. Hughes, Laura Barisoni-Thomas, Robert B. Colvin, J. Charles Jennette, Nina Skuban, Jeffrey P. Castelli, Elfrida Benjamin, Jay A. Barth, Christopher Viereck

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Purpose: Outcomes in patients with Fabry disease receiving migalastat during the phase 3 FACETS trial (NCT00925301) were evaluated by phenotype. Methods: Data were evaluated in two subgroups of patients with migalastat-amenable GLA variants: “classic phenotype” (n = 14; males with residual peripheral blood mononuclear cell α-galactosidase A <3% normal and multiorgan system involvement) and “other patients” (n = 36; males not meeting classic phenotype criteria and all females). Endpoints included estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), left ventricular mass index (LVMi), Gastrointestinal Symptoms Rating Scale diarrhea subscale (GSRS-D), renal peritubular capillary (PTC) globotriaosylceramide (GL-3) inclusions, and plasma globotriaosylsphingosine (lyso-Gb3). Results: Baseline measures in the classic phenotype patients suggested a more severe phenotype. At month 24, mean (SD) annualized change in eGFRCKD-EPI with migalastat was −0.3 (3.76) mL/min/1.73 m2 in the classic phenotype subgroup; changes in LVMi, GSRS-D, and lyso-Gb3 were −16.7 (18.64) g/m2, −0.9 (1.66), and −36.8 (35.78) nmol/L, respectively. At month 6, mean PTC GL-3 inclusions decreased with migalastat (−0.8) and increased with placebo (0.3); switching from placebo to migalastat, PTC inclusions decreased by −0.7. Numerically smaller changes in these endpoints were observed in the other patients. Conclusion: Migalastat provided clinical benefit to patients with Fabry disease and amenable variants, regardless of disease severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGenetics in Medicine
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • classic
  • Fabry disease
  • migalastat
  • pharmacogenetics
  • precision medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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