I added a post yesterday about Vertex but I just came across some very exciting graphs!
These were released today at the European CF Conference.

The first graph shows the effect of Lumacaftor (VX809) and Ivacaftor (Kalydeco) plus a new second generation corrector. This is the first time we have seen data with the second generation correctors and heterozygotes (people with one copy of F508del).

This shows that with VX809 and Kalydeco that heterozygotes reach about 10% of normal function and homozygotes (2 copies F508del) reach about 25% of normal function. When the second generation corrector is added, heterozygotes increase to about 33% and homozygotes reach about 45%.

There is also a second graph that shows the effect of adding Lumacaftor to Ivacaftor with people who have G551D and F508del. The increase is much greater than I expected, improving from 50% to 80%! Carriers are at about 90% so this is very close to normal levels of CFTR function. I can only imagine what would happen if a second generation corrector was added as well! It is highly possible that other F508del heterozygotes who have a second mutation that is likely to be helped by Kalydeco (other gating, residual function, R117H) may also improve significantly when Lumacaftor is added.

I’ve added two more old images to put the percentages in to perspective:



The last two images are from the Vertex Investor Presentation in Oct 2012.


Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. Thanks much for this piece! As the mom of a pwcf and who has the G551d gene I am always hungry for more news on this topic.

  2. The results in the first two graphs are astounding, but it is not completely clear to me if the Chloride transport (%Normal CFTR) values, axis of ordinates, was measured in vivo or in vitro. I would tend to think they are chloride sweat values, but is it really so? Are they nasal potentials?

    • I just checked the wording in the article about gating mutations (Yu et al. 2012) and it says “The impact of the increase in CFTR channel gating by ivacaftor on total chloride transport was assessed in Ussing chamber studies using FRT cells expressing the known CFTR gating mutations” – so it seems it is in vitro data


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


1. Class 2 Mutations & F508del, 1. Class 3 Gating Mutations & G551D, 1. Residual Function Mutations & R117H, 3. Vertex - Kalydeco, 3. Vertex - Second Generation Correctors, 3. Vertex - VX809 & VX661