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A phase II trial of PALA+dipyridamole in patients with advanced soft-tissue sarcoma


A total of 21 patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma enrolled in a phase II trial of 3.5 g/m2 N-phosphonacetyl-l-aspartate (PALA) given intravenously every 3 weeks plus 50 mg/m2 dipyridamole (Persantine) given orally every 6 h. Dipyridamole administration was initiated 1 week before the first dose of PALA. Peak and trough plasma concentrations of dipyridamole were measured before and after the first dose of PALA in 14 patients. In all, 19 patients were evaluable for therapeutic response. One subject experienced partial regression of a pulmonary metastasis; no other major response was observed. Diarrhea was the most prominent toxicity; in one patient it was life-threatening and was associated with a severe rash. On the day preceding PALA administration, the median peak plasma concentration of dipyridamole was 2,208 ng/ml and the median trough value was 904 ng/ml. Similar values were obtained on the day of PALA administration. Although the levels achieved were similar to those required to modulate the activity of PALA in preclinical systems, the therapeutic results obtained in the present study were not superior to those reported for PALA alone in previously treated patients with soft-tissue sarcoma.

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Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc., and NCI grant CA 47 179

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Casper, E.S., Baselga, J., Smart, T.B. et al. A phase II trial of PALA+dipyridamole in patients with advanced soft-tissue sarcoma. Cancer Chemother. Pharmacol. 28, 51–54 (1991).

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  • Plasma Concentration
  • Sarcoma
  • Diarrhea
  • Dipyridamole
  • Pulmonary Metastasis