Name: AL001
Therapy Type: Immunotherapy (passive) (timeline)
Target Type: Other (timeline)
Condition(s): Frontotemporal Dementia
U.S. FDA Status: Frontotemporal Dementia (Phase 1)


AL001 is a recombinant human anti-human sortilin (SORT1) monoclonal IgG1 developed by Alector in partnership with Abbvie. In June 2018, this antibody received orphan drug designation from the U.S. FDA for the treatment of frontomporal dementia.

Sortilin is a type I membrane glycoprotein in the vacuolar protein sorting 10 protein (Vps10p) family. Sortilin is abundantly expressed in the central nervous system. As a sorting receptor in the trans-Golgi network, sortilin is involved in neurotrophin signaling, lysosomal degradation, and APP metabolism. Sortilin serves as a lysosomal trafficking receptor for progranulin, and sortilin-mediated progranulin endocytosis has been implicated in FTD pathophysiology (Hu et al., 2010). Progranulin mutations are a leading cause of frontotemporal dementia.  

The SORL1 gene is one of the strongest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, and is associated with frontotemporal dementia, as well (Rogaeva et al., 2007Pottier et al., 2012Holstege et al., 2017Raghavan et al., 2018Pallesen and Vægter et al., 2012Philtjens et al., 2018).

Targeting the sortilin-progranulin axis was reported to improve outcomes associated with progranulin insuffuciency in preclincial models (Lee et al., 2013).


In September 2018, a first-in-man trial held at eight sites across North America and the U.K. started enrolling 60 healthy adults and people with progranulin mutations causative for FTD. It will compare up to six single ascending doses of A001 infusion to placebo on outcomes safety, pharmacokinetics, and exposure, and is slated to run throught 2019. 

For all clinical trials of A001, see

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2019


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Paper Citations

  1. . Sortilin-mediated endocytosis determines levels of the frontotemporal dementia protein, progranulin. Neuron. 2010 Nov 18;68(4):654-67. PubMed.
  2. . The neuronal sortilin-related receptor SORL1 is genetically associated with Alzheimer disease. Nat Genet. 2007 Feb;39(2):168-77. PubMed.
  3. . High frequency of potentially pathogenic SORL1 mutations in autosomal dominant early-onset Alzheimer disease. Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Apr 3; PubMed.
  4. . Characterization of pathogenic SORL1 genetic variants for association with Alzheimer's disease: a clinical interpretation strategy. Eur J Hum Genet. 2017 Aug;25(8):973-981. Epub 2017 May 24 PubMed.
  5. . Whole-exome sequencing in 20,197 persons for rare variants in Alzheimer's disease. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2018 Jul;5(7):832-842. Epub 2018 May 24 PubMed.
  6. . Sortilin and SorLA regulate neuronal sorting of trophic and dementia-linked proteins. Mol Neurobiol. 2012 Apr;45(2):379-87. PubMed.
  7. . Rare nonsynonymous variants in SORT1 are associated with increased risk for frontotemporal dementia. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 Jun;66:181.e3-181.e10. Epub 2018 Feb 17 PubMed.
  8. . Targeted manipulation of the sortilin-progranulin axis rescues progranulin haploinsufficiency. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Nov 7; PubMed.

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