Phase Ib Safety, Two-Dose Study of MultiGeneAngio in Patients with Chronic Critical Limb Ischemia

Moshe Y. Flugelman*, Moshe Halak, Boris Yoffe, Jacob Schneiderman, Chen Rubinstein, Allan Isaac Bloom, Eran Weinmann, Ilya Goldin, Victor Ginzburg, Olga Mayzler, Aaron Hoffman, Belly Koren, Diana Gershtein, Michal Inbar, Marina Hutoran, Adili Tsaba

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Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the most severe presentation of peripheral arterial disease. We developed cell-based therapy entailing intra-arterial injection of autologous venous endothelial cells (ECs) modified to express angiopoietin 1, combined with autologous venous smooth muscle cells (SMCs) modified to express vascular endothelial growth factor. This combination promoted arteriogenesis in animal models and was safe in patients with limiting claudication. In an open-label, phase Ib study, we assessed the safety and efficacy of this therapy in CLI patients who failed or were unsuitable for surgery or intravascular intervention. Of 23 patients enrolled, 18 with rest pain or non-healing ulcers (Rutherford categories 4 and 5) were treated according to protocol, and 5 with significant tissue loss (Rutherford 6) were treated under compassionate treatment. Patients were assigned randomly to receive 1 × 107 or 5 × 107 (EC-to-SMC ratio, 1:1) of the cell combination. One-year amputation-free survival rate was 72% (13/18) for Rutherford 4 and 5 patients; all 5 patients with Rutherford 6 underwent amputation. Of the 12 with unhealing ulcers at dosing, 6 had complete healing and 2 others had >66% reduction in ulcer size. Outcomes did not differ between the dose groups. No severe adverse events were observed related to the therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-825
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Ang-1
  • VEGF
  • cell therapy
  • critical limb ischemia
  • gene therapy


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