for people ages 25-65 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Michael Geschwind, MD, Ph.D.
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Michael Geschwind



This is the first study of AMT-130 in patients with early manifest HD and is designed to establish safety and proof-of-concept (PoC). CT-AMT-130-01 is a Phase I/II, randomized, multicenter, multiple dose, double-blind, imitation surgery, first-in-human (FIH) study.

Cohort 3 participants will receive either high or low dose (1:1 randomization).

Official Title

A Phase I/II, Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham Control Study to Explore Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy Signals of Multiple Doses of Striatally-Administered rAAV5-miHTT Total Huntingtin Gene (HTT) Lowering Therapy (AMT-130) in Early Manifest Huntington's Disease


AMT-130 is an investigational, single administration gene therapy intended to modify the disease course for HD. Preclinical studies have shown that AMT-130 lowers huntingtin protein and is associated with decreased progression of Huntington's Disease signs in animal models.

Cohort 1 & 2 consists of a blinded 12-month Core Study Period to evaluate the safety and potential impact of AMT-130 on disease progression and an unblinded 4-year Long-Term Period with periodic follow-up visits to evaluate the safety of AMT-130 and disease progression in treated individuals. Cohort 2 Sham participants who do not cross over to receive AMT-130 treatment will have the opportunity to participate in the Optional Extended Follow-Up Period and will be followed for an additional 2 years.

Following completion of the 12-month blinded post treatment follow-up period (Cohorts 1 & 2 only), once the crossover has been activated after review of data by the DSMB, subjects randomized to the imitation (sham) procedure who continue to meet inclusion/exclusion criteria will be allowed to crossover to receive AMT-130 treatment.

Cohort 3 participants will receive AMT-130 either high or low dose. Following completion of the Month 12 visit, they will be unblinded to their treatment arm. Cohort 3 will further evaluate the safety and exploratory efficacy data of low or high dose AMT-130 together with peri- and post-operative glucocorticoids.


Huntington's Disease, Gene therapy, AAV (adeno-associated virus), serotype 5 AAV (adeno-associated virus), serotype 5, Viral vector, miHTT, muHTT, Huntington's Disease (HD), Huntington Disease, intra-striatal rAAV5-miHTT


You can join if…

Open to people ages 25-65

  1. Able and willing to provide written informed consent prior to the study and study-related procedure
  2. Subjects 25 to 65 years of age of both sexes

    3a. Cohort 1 & 2: Early manifest HD as defined by a UHDRS total functional capacity (TFC) score of 9 to 13 and EITHER a diagnostic confidence level (DCL) of 4 OR a DCL of 3 if the subject either meets the definition of multidimensional manifest HD (UHDRS question 80) or has cognitive symptoms 3b. Cohort 3: Early manifest HD as defined by a UHDRS TFC score of ≥ 11 and EITHER a DCL of 4 or a DCL of 3 with either a positive "Yes" response to UHDRS Question 80 (multidimensional manifest diagnosis on motor, cognitive, behavioral, functional) or DSM5 criteria for cognitive disorder (Movement Disorder Society Task Force criteria). 4. HTT gene expansion testing with the presence of ≥40 CAG repeats 5. Striatal MRI volume requirements per hemisphere: Putamen ≥2.5 cm3 (per side); Caudate ≥2.0 cm3 (per side) 6. All HD concomitant medications (addressing motor, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms) must be stable for 3 months prior to Screening with no change in clinical symptoms requiring change in medication prior to anticipated administration procedure 7. Able and willing to comply with all procedures and the study visit schedule as outlined in the protocol 8. All female subjects of childbearing potential (FOCP) must have a negative serum pregnancy test at Screening, (and Visit 1A, as appropriate), a negative pregnancy urine dipstick at Baseline, and not be breastfeeding. All FOCPs and sexually mature males must be compliant with a highly effective birth control method.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Evidence of suicide risk
  2. Receipt of an experimental agent within 60 days or five half-lives prior to Screening or anytime over the duration of this study.
  3. Participation in an investigational trial or investigational paradigm (such as exercise/physical activity, cognitive therapy, brain stimulation) within 60 days prior to Screening or anytime over the duration of this study.
  4. Presence of an implanted deep brain stimulation device, ventriculoperitoneal or other CSF shunt, or other implanted catheter
  5. Any history of gene therapy, RNA or DNA targeted HD specific investigational agents, such as antisense oligonucleotides (ASO), cell transplantation or any other experimental brain surgery.
  6. Any contraindication to 3.0 Tesla MRI as per local guidelines
  7. Brain and spinal pathology that may interfere with the surgical delivery of AMT-130 or represents a significant neurologic comorbid disorder
  8. Any contraindication to lumbar puncture as per local guidelines
  9. Malignancy within 5 years of Screening, except for basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix that has been successfully treated

    10. Hospitalization for any major medical or surgical procedure involving general

    anesthesia within 12 weeks of Screening or planned during the study

    11. Current or recurrent disease, (including pre-existing cardiovascular or pulmonary

    conditions) infection, or other significant concurrent medical condition or medications that could confound clinical and laboratory evaluations or could affect a subject's safety or their ability to undergo the neurosurgical procedure or comply with the procedures and study visit schedule

    12. Known or suspected intolerance or hypersensitivity to the investigational product(s),

    closely-related compounds, or any of the stated ingredients

    13. Screening laboratory values (as measured by the central laboratory): a. Alanine

    aminotransferase (ALT) >2 × upper limit of normal (ULN) b. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) >2 × ULN c. Total bilirubin >2 × ULN d. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) >2 × ULN e. Creatinine >1.5 × ULN f. Platelet count <100,000/mm3g.Prothrombin time (PT) >1.2 × ULN
    1. Partial thromboplastin time (PTT) >1.2 × ULN
      1. Known, documented infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) based upon any testing methodology: a. Within 8 weeks of anticipated Visit 2 (Baseline) for an asymptomatic patient or a patient who recovered from only mild, non-respiratory symptoms b. Within 12 weeks of anticipated Visit 2 (Baseline) for an asymptomatic patient (e.g. cough, dyspnea) who did not require hospitalization c. At any time for a symptomatic patient who is diabetic, immunocompromised, or hospitalized d. For any patient not already excluded by 14 a-c above: i. within 8 weeks of anticipated Visit 2 (Baseline) for any patient with residual respiratory or cardiac symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain ii. Any patient with neurological symptoms associated with a symptomatic COVID-19 infection that might complicate assessment of HD progression


  • UCSF accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States
  • University of Arizona not yet accepting patients
    Tucson Arizona 85724 United States
  • University of Washington Medical Center accepting new patients
    Seattle Washington 98195 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Michael Geschwind, MD, Ph.D.
    Dr. Geschwind received his M.D.and Ph.D. in neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
UniQure Biopharma B.V.
Phase 1/2 Huntington's Disease Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 36 study participants
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