Effect of lumacaftor-ivacaftor on mucociliary clearance and clinical outcomes in cystic fibrosis: Results from the PROSPECT MCC sub-study

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  • CFTR function is required for normal mucociliary clearance (MCC) and cough-assisted clearance (CC). Lumacaftor-ivacaftor is approved for use in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) carrying two copies of F508del-CFTR. In this observational study performed at four study sites, we characterized the effect of lumacaftor-ivacaftor on mucociliary and cough clearance and related this to other clinical and research endpoints after one month of treatment. Twenty-five adolescents and adults were enrolled. No effect on whole lung MCC was observed, but CC was significantly increased. Sweat chloride improved by 18 mEq/L in this group, indicating a modest restoration of CFTR activity, but no demonstrable change in FEV1 or lung clearance index was observed. We speculate that the modest effect of lumacaftor-ivacaftor on CFTR function was insufficient to yield an improvement in MCC.
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  • Donaldson SH; Laube BL; Mogayzel P; Corcoran TE; Pilewski JM; Ceppe A; Wu J; Bhambhvani PG; Ratjen F; Sagel SD
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  • 143
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  • 145
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  • 21
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  • 1