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Cardiomyocyte stem cells

Natalie Weber, Kristin Schwanke, Stephan Greten, Meike Wendland, Bogdan Iorga, Martin Fischer, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Jan Hegermann, Christoph Wrede, Jan Fiedler, Henning Kempf, Annika Franke, Birgit Piep, Angelika Pfanne, Thomas Thum, Ulrich Martin, Bernhard Brenner, Robert Zweigerdt, Theresia Kraft
Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes hold great potential for in vitro modeling of diseases like cardiomyopathies. Yet, knowledge about expression and functional impact of sarcomeric protein isoforms like the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) in hPSC-cardiomyocytes is scarce. We hypothesized that ventricular β-MyHC expression alters contraction and calcium kinetics and drives morphological and electrophysiological differentiation towards ventricular-like cardiomyocytes. To address this, we (1) generated human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) that switched towards exclusive β-MyHC, and (2) functionally and morphologically characterized these hESC-CMs at the single-cell level...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Uros Kuzmanov, Hongbo Guo, Diana Buchsbaum, Jake Cosme, Cynthia Abbasi, Ruth Isserlin, Parveen Sharma, Anthony O Gramolini, Andrew Emili
Phospholamban (PLN) plays a central role in Ca(2+) homeostasis in cardiac myocytes through regulation of the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase 2A (SERCA2A) Ca(2+) pump. An inherited mutation converting arginine residue 9 in PLN to cysteine (R9C) results in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in humans and transgenic mice, but the downstream signaling defects leading to decompensation and heart failure are poorly understood. Here we used precision mass spectrometry to study the global phosphorylation dynamics of 1,887 cardiac phosphoproteins in early affected heart tissue in a transgenic R9C mouse model of DCM compared with wild-type littermates...
October 14, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jia-Ling Ruan, Nathaniel L Tulloch, Maria V Razumova, Mark Saiget, Veronica Muskheli, Lil Pabon, Hans Reinecke, Michael Regnier, Charles E Murry
BACKGROUNDS: -Tissue engineering enables the generation of functional human cardiac tissue using cells derived in vitro in combination with biocompatible materials. Human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes provide a cell source for cardiac tissue engineering; however, their immaturity limits their potential applications. Here we sought to study the effect of mechanical conditioning and electrical pacing on the maturation of hiPSC-derived cardiac tissues. METHODSS: -Cardiomyocytes derived from hiPSCs were used to generate collagen-based bioengineered human cardiac tissue...
October 13, 2016: Circulation
J Patrick Gonzalez, Sergii Kyrychenko, Victoria Kyrychenko, Joel S Schneider, Celine J Granier, Eric Himelman, Kevin Lahey, Qingshi Zhao, Ghassan Yehia, Yuan-Xiang Tao, Mantu Bhaumik, Natalia Shirokova, Diego Fraidenraich
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by the loss of the protein dystrophin, leading to muscle fragility, progressive weakening, and susceptibility to mechanical stress. Although dystrophin-negative mdx mouse models have classically been used to study DMD, phenotypes appear mild compared to patients. As a result, characterization of muscle pathology, especially in the heart, has proven difficult. We report that injection of mdx embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into Wild Type (WT) blastocysts produces adult mouse chimeras with severe DMD phenotypes in the heart and skeletal muscle...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells
Prashant S Kota, Mostafa R Naguib, Vivekkumar Patel, Todd K Rosengart
The prospect of genetically reprogramming cardiac fibroblasts into induced cardiomyocytes by using cardio-differentiating transcription factors represents a significant advantage over previous strategies involving stem cell implantation or the delivery of angiogenic factors. Remarkably, intramyocardial administration of cardio-differentiating factors consistently results in 20% to 30% improvements in postinfarct ejection fraction and nearly a 50% reduction in myocardial fibrosis in murine models. Despite these encouraging observations, few breakthroughs have been made in the reprogramming of human cells, which have more rigorous epigenetic constraints and gene regulatory networks that oppose reprogramming...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Yuji Shiba, Toshihito Gomibuchi, Tatsuichiro Seto, Yuko Wada, Hajime Ichimura, Yuki Tanaka, Tatsuki Ogasawara, Kenji Okada, Naoko Shiba, Kengo Sakamoto, Daisuke Ido, Takashi Shiina, Masamichi Ohkura, Junichi Nakai, Narumi Uno, Yasuhiro Kazuki, Mitsuo Oshimura, Itsunari Minami, Uichi Ikeda
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) constitute a potential source of autologous patient-specific cardiomyocytes for cardiac repair, providing a major benefit over other sources of cells in terms of immune rejection. However, autologous transplantation has substantial challenges related to manufacturing and regulation. Although major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-matched allogeneic transplantation is a promising alternative strategy, few immunological studies have been carried out with iPSCs. Here we describe an allogeneic transplantation model established using the cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis), the MHC structure of which is identical to that of humans...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Christopher P Jackman, Aaron L Carlson, Nenad Bursac
Engineered cardiac tissues hold promise for cell therapy and drug development, but exhibit inadequate function and maturity. In this study, we sought to significantly improve the function and maturation of rat and human engineered cardiac tissues. We developed dynamic, free-floating culture conditions for engineering "cardiobundles", 3-dimensional cylindrical tissues made from neonatal rat cardiomyocytes or human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) embedded in fibrin-based hydrogel. Compared to static culture, 2-week dynamic culture of neonatal rat cardiobundles significantly increased expression of sarcomeric proteins, cardiomyocyte size (∼2...
September 30, 2016: Biomaterials
Arianna Mauretti, Noortje A M Bax, Mieke H van Marion, Marie José Goumans, Cecilia Sahlgren, Carlijn V C Bouten
For emerging cardiac regeneration strategies, it is essential to know if and how cardiac stem cells sense and respond to the mechanical stimuli provided by their environment in the beating heart. Here, we study the response to cyclic strain of undifferentiated and predifferentiated human cardiomyocyte progenitor cells (CMPCs), as well as the formation and activation of the cellular structures involved in mechanosensing, that we termed 'mechanosome'. Once verified that the applied uniaxial cyclic strain (10%, 0...
September 12, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Ilaria Piccini, Marcos Araúzo-Bravo, Guiscard Seebohm, Boris Greber
Cardiac induction of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is a process bearing increasing medical relevance, yet it is poorly understood from a developmental biology perspective. Anticipated technological progress in deriving stably expandable cardiac precursor cells or in advancing cardiac subtype specification protocols will likely require deeper insights into this fascinating system. Recent improvements in controlling hESC differentiation now enable a near-homogeneous induction of the cardiac lineage. This is based on an optimized initial stimulation of mesoderm-inducing signaling pathways such as Activin and/or FGF, BMP, and WNT, followed by WNT inhibition as a secondary requirement...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Laura Frese, Petra E Dijkman, Simon P Hoerstrup
In regenerative medicine, adult stem cells are the most promising cell types for cell-based therapies. As a new source for multipotent stem cells, human adipose tissue has been introduced. These so called adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are considered to be ideal for application in regenerative therapies. Their main advantage over mesenchymal stem cells derived from other sources, e.g. from bone marrow, is that they can be easily and repeatable harvested using minimally invasive techniques with low morbidity...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
John Medamana, Richard A Clark, Javed Butler
Defective vascular and cardiomyocyte function are implicated in the development and progression of both heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. Any treatment option that augments these myocardial processes may therefore be of significant value. The platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) family is involved in a wide range of growth processes and plays a key role in both regulating angiogenesis and mesenchymal cell development. Thus, PDGF may serve as a potent therapy for heart failure. While numerous animal studies have demonstrated beneficial cardiovascular effects of growth factor therapy, promising laboratory data has not yet translated to effective therapies...
October 8, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Francesco Lodola, Diego Morone, Marco Denegri, Rossana Bongianino, Hiroko Nakahama, Lucia Rutigliano, Rosanna Gosetti, Giulia Rizzo, Alessandra Vollero, Michelangelo Buonocore, Carlo Napolitano, Gianluigi Condorelli, Silvia G Priori, Elisa Di Pasquale
Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia type 2 (CPVT2) is a highly lethal recessive arrhythmogenic disease caused by mutations in the calsequestrin-2 (CASQ2) gene. We have previously demonstrated that viral transfer of the wild-type (WT) CASQ2 gene prevents the development of CPVT2 in a genetically induced mouse model of the disease homozygous carrier of the R33Q mutation. In the present study, we investigated the efficacy of the virally mediated gene therapy in cardiomyocytes (CMs) differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) obtained from a patient carrying the homozygous CASQ2-G112+5X mutation...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Yu Shrike Zhang, Andrea Arneri, Simone Bersini, Su-Ryon Shin, Kai Zhu, Zahra Goli-Malekabadi, Julio Aleman, Cristina Colosi, Fabio Busignani, Valeria Dell'Erba, Colin Bishop, Thomas Shupe, Danilo Demarchi, Matteo Moretti, Marco Rasponi, Mehmet Remzi Dokmeci, Anthony Atala, Ali Khademhosseini
Engineering cardiac tissues and organ models remains a great challenge due to the hierarchical structure of the native myocardium. The need of integrating blood vessels brings additional complexity, limiting the available approaches that are suitable to produce integrated cardiovascular organoids. In this work we propose a novel hybrid strategy based on 3D bioprinting, to fabricate endothelialized myocardium. Enabled by the use of our composite bioink, endothelial cells directly bioprinted within microfibrous hydrogel scaffolds gradually migrated towards the peripheries of the microfibers to form a layer of confluent endothelium...
December 2016: Biomaterials
Li Wang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Cong Xu, Hui Liu, Jianhua Qin
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and appropriate scaffolds are of great interest in cardiac tissue engineering. In this work, we present a simple and new strategy to produce a thin collagen membrane with a natural microstructure from porcine tendons and reconstruct the functional cardiac tissues by recellularizing hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes onto the membrane, for the first time. The collagen membrane maintained its intact properties after decellularization, the composition of which was identified as collagen I...
October 18, 2016: Biomaterials Science
A T Chen, S Zou
Arrhythmia caused by drug-induced cardiotoxicity is among the leading reasons for late-stage drug attrition and is therefore a core subject in safety testing of new compounds. Alternative methods such as surface and interface characterization approaches for assessing the drug-mediated cardiotoxicity should be promoted, in order to reduce, refine and replace the use of laboratory animals. Here, we investigate the possibility of using known human Ether-à-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) channel blockers to induce irregular beating patterns in the mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived (miPSC and hiPSC) cardiomyocyte (CM) model systems...
September 29, 2016: Analyst
Ksenia Blinova, Jayna Stohlman, Jose Vicente, Dulciana Chan, Lars Johannesen, Maria P Hortigon-Vinagre, Victor Zamora, Godfrey Smith, William J Crumb, Li Pang, Beverly Lyn-Cook, James Ross, Mathew Brock, Stacie Chvatal, Daniel Millard, Loriano Galeotti, Norman Stockbridge, David G Strauss
BACKGROUND: Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CM) hold promise for assessment of drug-induced arrhythmias and are being considered for use under the Comprehensive in Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied the effects of 26 drugs and 3 drug combinations on two commercially available iPSC-CM types using high-throughput voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) and microelectrode-array (MEA) assays being studied for the Comprehensive in Vitro Proarrhythmia Assessment (CiPA) initiative and compared the results to clinical QT prolongation and torsade de pointes (TdP) risk...
October 3, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Etsu Suzuki, Daishi Fujita, Masao Takahashi, Shigeyoshi Oba, Hiroaki Nishimatsu
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been used to treat patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and subsequent heart failure. Although it was originally assumed that MSCs differentiated into heart cells such as cardiomyocytes, recent evidence suggests that the differentiation capacity of MSCs is minimal and that injected MSCs restore cardiac function via the secretion of paracrine factors. MSCs secrete paracrine factors in not only naked forms but also membrane vesicles including exosomes containing bioactive substances such as proteins, messenger RNAs, and microRNAs...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
Kwong-Man Ng, Pamela Y Mok, Amy W Butler, Jenny C Y Ho, Shing-Wan Choi, Yee-Ki Lee, Wing-Hon Lai, Ka-Wing Au, Yee-Man Lau, Lai-Yung Wong, Miguel A Esteban, Chung-Wah Siu, Pak C Sham, Alan Colman, Hung-Fat Tse
BACKGROUND: -Danon disease is an X-linked disorder that leads to fatal cardiomyopathy, caused by a deficiency in lysosome-associated membrane protein-2 (LAMP2). In female patients, a later-onset and less severe clinical phenotype have been attributed to the random inactivation of the X-chromosome carrying the mutant diseased allele. We generated a patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs) based model of Danon disease to evaluate the therapeutic potential of Xi-chromosome reactivation using a DNA methylation inhibitor...
September 27, 2016: Circulation
Shinichiro Okata, Shinsuke Yuasa, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Shogo Ito, Naomasa Makita, Tetsu Yoshida, Min Li, Junko Kurokawa, Tomohisa Seki, Toru Egashira, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Masaki Kodaira, Chikaaki Motoda, Gakuto Yozu, Masaya Shimojima, Nozomi Hayashiji, Hisayuki Hashimoto, Yusuke Kuroda, Atsushi Tanaka, Mitsushige Murata, Takeshi Aiba, Wataru Shimizu, Minoru Horie, Kaichiro Kamiya, Tetsushi Furukawa, Keiichi Fukuda
SCN5A is abundant in heart and has a major role in INa. Loss-of-function mutation in SCN5A results in Brugada syndrome (BrS), which causes sudden death in adults. It remains unclear why disease phenotype does not manifest in the young even though mutated SCN5A is expressed in the young. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the timing of the disease manifestation in BrS. A gain-of-function mutation in SCN5A also results in Long QT syndrome type 3 (LQTS3), leading to sudden death in the young. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were generated from a patient with a mixed phenotype of LQTS3 and BrS with the E1784K SCN5A mutation...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wendy Keung, Lihuan Ren, Sen Li, Andy On-Tik Wong, Anant Chopra, Chi-Wing Kong, Gordon F Tomaselli, Christopher S Chen, Ronald A Li
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is a potential unlimited ex vivo source of ventricular (V) cardiomyocytes (CMs), but hESC-VCMs and their engineered tissues display immature traits. In adult VCMs, sarcolemmal (sarc) and mitochondrial (mito) ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels play crucial roles in excitability and cardioprotection. In this study, we aim to investigate the biological roles and use of sarcKATP and mitoKATP in hESC-VCM. We showed that SarcIK, ATP in single hESC-VCMs was dormant under baseline conditions, but became markedly activated by cyanide (CN) or the known opener P1075 with a current density that was ~8-fold smaller than adult; These effects were reversible upon washout or the addition of GLI or HMR1098...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
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