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Endogenous Cardiac Stem Cell

Claire A Schreiber, Sara J Holditch, Alex Generous, Yasuhiro Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Elabela (ELA) is a recently identified apelin receptor agonist essential for cardiac development, but its biology and therapeutic potential are unclear. In humans ELA transcripts are detected in embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, kidney, heart and blood vessels. ELA through the apelin receptor promotes angiogenesis in vitro, relaxes murine aortic blood vessels and attenuates high blood pressure in vivo. The apelin receptor when bound to its original ligand, apelin, exerts peripheral vasodilatory and positive inotropic effects, conferring cardioprotection in vivo...
November 21, 2016: Current Gene Therapy
Kai Zhu, Dingqian Liu, Hao Lai, Jun Li, Chunsheng Wang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) families have been found to be powerful regulators in a wide variety of diseases, which enables the possible use of miRNAs in therapeutic strategies for cardiac repair after ischemic heart disease. This review provides some general insights into miRNAs modulation for development of current molecular and cellular therapeutics in cardiac repair, including endogenous regeneration, endogenous repair, stem cells transplantation, and reprogramming. We also review the delivery strategies for miRNAs modulation, and briefly summarize the current bench and clinical efforts that are being made to explore miRNAs as the future therapeutic target...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Salim S Hayek, Yuri Klyachkin, Ahmed Asfour, Nima Ghasemzadeh, Mosaab Awad, Iraj Hesaroieh, Hina Ahmed, Brandon Gray, Jinhee Kim, Edmund K Waller, Arshed A Quyyumi, Ahmed K Abdel-Latif
: : Bone marrow-derived progenitor cells are mobilized into the peripheral blood after acute myocardial injury and in chronic ischemic heart disease. However, the mechanisms responsible for this mobilization are poorly understood. We examined the relationship between plasma levels of bioactive lipids and number of circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) in patients (N = 437) undergoing elective or emergent cardiac catheterization. Plasma levels of sphingosine-1 phosphate (S1P) and ceramide-1 phosphate (C1P) were quantified using mass spectrometry...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Tariq Hamid, Yuanyuan Xu, Mohamed Ameen Ismahil, Qianhong Li, Steven P Jones, Aruni Bhatnagar, Roberto Bolli, Sumanth D Prabhu
Despite expansion of resident cardiac stem cells (CSCs; c-kit(+)Lin(-)) after myocardial infarction, endogenous repair processes are insufficient to prevent adverse cardiac remodeling and heart failure (HF). This suggests that the microenvironment in post-ischemic and failing hearts compromises CSC regenerative potential. Inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF), are increased after infarction and in HF; whether they modulate CSC function is unknown. As the effects of TNF are specific to its two receptors (TNFRs), we tested the hypothesis that TNF differentially modulates CSC function in a TNFR-specific manner...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Patricia K Nguyen, June-Wha Rhee, Joseph C Wu
Importance: Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment strategy for patients with heart failure, which accounts for more than 10% of deaths in the United States annually. Despite more than a decade of research, further investigation is still needed to determine whether stem cell regenerative therapy is an effective treatment strategy and can be routinely implemented in clinical practice. Objective: To describe the progress in cardiac stem cell regenerative therapy using adult stem cells and to highlight the merits and limitations of clinical trials performed to date...
August 24, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Eulsoon Park, Koichi Takimoto
Our previous work revealed that a polyethyleneimine (PEI)-based gene delivery causes robust and sustained expression of exogenous genes in human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs). Here we use this method to test whether a single introduction of cDNAs for the three cardiomyogenic reprogramming genes (GATA4, MEF2C, and TBX5) might be sufficient to induce transdifferentiation of hADSCs towards the cardiomyogenic lineage. A single transfection results in sustained expression of the introduced genes for more than two weeks...
October 7, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Tyl Le, Jjh Chong
Stem cell therapy is being investigated as an innovative and promising strategy to restore cardiac function in patients with heart failure. Several stem cell populations, including adult (multipotent) stem cells from developed organs and tissues, have been tested for cardiac repair with encouraging clinical and pre-clinical results. The heart has been traditionally considered a post-mitotic organ, however, this view has recently changed with the identification of stem/progenitor cells residing within the adult heart...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
James W Godwin, Alexander R Pinto, Nadia A Rosenthal
Identification of the key ingredients and essential processes required to achieve perfect tissue regeneration in humans has so far remained elusive. Injury in vertebrates induces an obligatory wound response that will precede or overlap any regeneration specific program or scarring outcome. This process shapes the cellular and molecular landscape of the tissue, influencing the success of endogenous repair pathways or for potential clinical intervention. The involvement of immune cells is also required for aspects of development extending beyond the initial inflammatory phase of wounding...
August 10, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Marko Anderluh, Gordana Kocic, Katarina Tomovic, Radivoj Kocic, Marina Deljanin-Ilic, Andrija Smelcerovic
Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4), glycyl-prolyl-naphthylamidase, is a serine protease that catalyzes the hydrolysis of various proline-containing polypeptides. It is involved in the inactivation of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), having in this way a profound influence on glucose metabolism. During organ damage, stromal and endothelial cells produce a chemokine known as stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), a powerful chemoattractant of stem/progenitor cells...
July 30, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
S Di Siena, R Gimmelli, S L Nori, F Barbagallo, F Campolo, S Dolci, P Rossi, M A Venneri, E Giannetta, D Gianfrilli, L Feigenbaum, A Lenzi, F Naro, E Cianflone, T Mancuso, D Torella, A M Isidori, M Pellegrini
The role of endogenous c-Kit receptor activation on cardiac cell homeostasis and repair remains largely unexplored. Transgenic mice carrying an activating point mutation (TgD814Y) in the kinase domain of the c-Kit gene were generated. c-Kit(TgD814Y) receptor was expressed in the heart during embryonic development and postnatal life, in a similar timing and expression pattern to that of the endogenous gene, but not in the hematopoietic compartment allowing the study of a cardiac-specific phenotype. c-Kit(TgD814Y) mutation produced a constitutive active c-Kit receptor in cardiac tissue and cells from transgenic mice as demonstrated by the increased phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and AKT, which are the main downstream molecular effectors of c-Kit receptor signaling...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Markus Wallner, Jason M Duran, Sadia Mohsin, Constantine D Troupes, Davy Vanhoutte, Giulia Borghetti, Ronald J Vagnozzi, Polina Gross, Daohai Yu, Danielle M Trappanese, Hajime Kubo, Amir Toib, Thomas E Sharp, Shavonn C Harper, Michael A Volkert, Timothy Starosta, Eric A Feldsott, Remus M Berretta, Tao Wang, Mary F Barbe, Jeffrey D Molkentin, Steven R Houser
RATIONALE: Catecholamines increase cardiac contractility, but exposure to high concentrations or prolonged exposures can cause cardiac injury. A recent study demonstrated that a single subcutaneous injection of isoproterenol (ISO; 200 mg/kg) in mice causes acute myocyte death (8%-10%) with complete cardiac repair within a month. Cardiac regeneration was via endogenous cKit(+) cardiac stem cell-mediated new myocyte formation. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to validate this simple injury/regeneration system and use it to study the biology of newly forming adult cardiac myocytes...
September 16, 2016: Circulation Research
E D Marks, A Kumar
The burden of cardiovascular disease is a growing worldwide issue that demands attention. While many clinical trials are ongoing to test therapies for treating the heart after myocardial infarction (MI) and heart failure, there are few options doctors able to currently give patients to repair the heart. This eventually leads to decreased ventricular contractility and increased systemic disease, including vascular disorders that could result in stroke. Small peptides such as thymosin β4 (Tβ4) are upregulated in the cardiovascular niche during fetal development and after injuries such as MI, providing increased neovasculogenesis and paracrine signals for endogenous stem cell recruitment to aid in wound repair...
2016: Vitamins and Hormones
Hidemasa Oh, Hiroshi Ito, Shunji Sano
Heart failure remains the leading cause of death worldwide, and is a burgeoning problem in public health due to the limited capacity of postnatal hearts to self-renew. The pathophysiological changes in injured hearts can sometimes be manifested as scar formation or myocardial degradation, rather than supplemental muscle regeneration to replenish lost tissue during the healing processes. Stem cell therapies have been investigated as a possible treatment approach for children and adults with potentially fatal cardiovascular disease that does not respond to current medical therapies...
June 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Jian-Yong Xu, Yee-Ki Lee, Xinru Ran, Song-Yan Liao, Jiayin Yang, Ka-Wing Au, Wing-Hon Lai, Miguel A Esteban, Hung-Fat Tse
Recent pre-clinical and clinical studies have suggested that endogenous cardiospheres (eCS) are potentially safe and effective for cardiac regeneration following myocardial infarction (MI). Nevertheless the preparation of autologous eCS requires invasive myocardial biopsy with limited yield. We describe a novel approach to generate induced cardiospheres (iCS) from adult skin fibroblasts via somatic reprogramming. After infection with Sox2, Klf4, and Oct4, iCS were generated from mouse adult skin fibroblasts treated with Gsk3β inhibitor-(2'Z,3'E)- 6-Bromoindirubin-3'-oxime and Oncostatin M...
June 22, 2016: Stem Cells
Dylan J Richards, Yu Tan, Robert Coyle, Yang Li, Ruoyu Xu, Nelson Yeung, Arran Parker, Donald R Menick, Bozhi Tian, Ying Mei
The advancement of human induced pluripotent stem-cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CM) technology has shown promising potential to provide a patient-specific, regenerative cell therapy strategy to treat cardiovascular disease. Despite the progress, the unspecific, underdeveloped phenotype of hiPSC-CMs has shown arrhythmogenic risk and limited functional improvements after transplantation. To address this, tissue engineering strategies have utilized both exogenous and endogenous stimuli to accelerate the development of hiPSC-CMs...
July 13, 2016: Nano Letters
P Menasché, V Vanneaux
Stem cell-based therapy is currently tested in several trials of chronic heart failure. The main question is to determine how its implementation could be extended to standard clinical practice. To answer this question, it is helpful to capitalize on the three main lessons drawn from the accumulated experience, both in the laboratory and in the clinics. Regarding the cell type, the best outcomes seem to be achieved by cells the phenotype of which closely matches that of the target tissue. This argues in favor of the use of cardiac-committed cells among which the pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac progeny is particularly attractive...
April 2016: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Peter J Psaltis, Nisha Schwarz, Deborah Toledo-Flores, Stephen J Nicholls
The pathogenesis of cardiomyopathy and heart failure (HF) is underpinned by complex changes at subcellular, cellular and extracellular levels in the ventricular myocardium. For all of the gains that conventional treatments for HF have brought to mortality and morbidity, they do not adequately address the loss of cardiomyocyte numbers in the remodeling ventricle. Originally conceived to address this problem, cellular transplantation for HF has already gone through several stages of evolution over the past two decades...
2016: Current Cardiology Reviews
Chi-Yeon Park, Seung-Cheol Choi, Jong-Ho Kim, Ji-Hyun Choi, Hyung Joon Joo, Soon Jun Hong, Do-Sun Lim
Cardiac stem cells (CSCs) were known to secrete diverse paracrine factors leading to functional improvement and beneficial left ventricular remodeling via activation of the endogenous pro-survival signaling pathway. However, little is known about the paracrine factors secreted by CSCs and their roles in cardiomyocyte survival during hypoxic condition mimicking the post-myocardial infarction environment. We established Sca-1+/CD31- human telomerase reverse transcriptase-immortalized CSCs (Sca-1+/CD31- CSCs(hTERT)), evaluated their stem cell properties, and paracrine potential in cardiomyocyte survival during hypoxia-induced injury...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Rupsa Datta, Christopher Heylman, Steven C George, Enrico Gratton
In this work we demonstrate a label-free optical imaging technique to assess metabolic status and oxidative stress in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes by two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging of endogenous fluorophores. Our results show the sensitivity of this method to detect shifts in metabolism and oxidative stress in the cardiomyocytes upon pathological stimuli of hypoxia and cardiotoxic drugs. This non-invasive imaging technique could prove beneficial for drug development and screening, especially for in vitro cardiac models created from stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and to study the pathogenesis of cardiac diseases and therapy...
May 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
Masato Kanda, Toshio Nagai, Toshinao Takahashi, Mei Lan Liu, Naomichi Kondou, Atsuhiko T Naito, Hiroshi Akazawa, Goro Sashida, Atsushi Iwama, Issei Komuro, Yoshio Kobayashi
Cardiac stem cells or precursor cells regenerate cardiomyocytes; however, the mechanism underlying this effect remains unclear. We generated CreLacZ mice in which more than 99.9% of the cardiomyocytes in the left ventricular field were positive for 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-β-d-galactoside (X-gal) staining immediately after tamoxifen injection. Three months after myocardial infarction (MI), the MI mice had more X-gal-negative (newly generated) cells than the control mice (3.04 ± 0.38/mm2, MI; 0.47 ± 0.16/mm2, sham; p < 0...
2016: PloS One
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