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    Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma: a case report with adjuvant intraoperative treatment

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    Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma is a rare form of malignant mesenchymal neoplasm mainly localized into the limbs, particularly in the thigh and popliteal fossa. It has been classified as a low-grade sarcoma so far, but it shows a tendency to relapse and metastasize. In the early stage of disease, surgery represents the only chance of cure. In case of diffuse metastatic disease, systemic chemotherapy with anthracyclines is the standard of care. In this paper, we present a case of a patient affected by this rare disease and the analysis of radiological, surgical and histopathological aspects

    First evaluation of the potential effectiveness in muscular dystrophy of a novel chimeric compound, BN 82270, acting as calpain-inhibitor and anti-oxidant

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    BN 82270 is a membrane-permeable prodrug of a chimeric compound (BN 82204) dually acting as calpain inhibitor and anti-oxidant. Acute in vivo injection of dystrophic mdx mice (30 mg/kg, s.c.) fully counteracted calpain overactivity in diaphragm. A chronic 4-6 weeks administration significantly prevented in vivo the fore limb force drop occurring in mdx mice exercised on treadmill. Ex vivo electrophysiological recordings showed that BN 82270 treatment contrasted the decrease in chloride channel function (gCl) in diaphragm, an index of spontaneous degeneration, while it was less effective on both exercise-impaired gCl and calcium-dependent mechanical threshold of the hind limb extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle fibres. The BN 82270 treated mdx mice showed a marked reduction of plasma creatine kinase and of the pro-fibrotic cytokine TGF-╬▓1 in both hind limb muscles and diaphragm; however, the histopathological profile of gastrocnemious muscle was poorly ameliorated. In hind limb muscles of treated mice, the active form was detected by HPLC in the low therapeutic concentration range. In vitro exposure to 100 ╬╝M BN 82270 led to higher active form in diaphragm than in EDL muscle. This is the first demonstration that this class of chimeric compounds, dually targeting pathology-related events, exerts beneficial effects in muscular dystrophy. The drug/prodrug system may require posology adjustment to produce wider beneficial effects on all muscle types. ┬ę 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
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