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Sodium Nitrate for Muscular Dystrophy

2015-05-25 21:40:15 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The investigators' previous work in males with Becker Muscular Dystrophy shows that functional sympatholysis is restored by acute inorganic nitrate supplementation. This was translated from work using the mdx mouse model of dystrophinopathy. Recent work has shown that there is a frank improvement in grip strength when mdx mice are treated with an inorganic Nitric Oxide (NO) donor. The purpose of this study is to determine if chronic treatment with an inorganic NO donor can benefit patients with muscular dystrophy beyond blood flow regulation.

Study Design

Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Becker Muscular Dystrophy

Intervention

Sodium Nitrate

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-05-25T21:40:15-0400

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