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Cardiac progenitor

Belén Prados, Paula Gómez-Apiñániz, Tania Papoutsi, Guillermo Luxán, Stephane Zaffran, José María Pérez-Pomares, José Luis de la Pompa
During mammalian heart development, restricted myocardial Bmp2 expression is a key patterning signal for atrioventricular canal specification and the epithelial-mesenchyme transition that gives rise to the valves. Using a mouse transgenic line conditionally expressing Bmp2, we show that widespread Bmp2 expression in the myocardium leads to valve and chamber dysmorphogenesis and embryonic death by E15.5. Transgenic embryos show thickened valves, ventricular septal defect, enlarged trabeculae and dilated ventricles, with an endocardium able to undergo EMT both in vivo and in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Nevin Witman, Makoto Sahara
Major cardiovascular events including myocardial infarction (MI) continue to dominate morbidity rates in the developed world. Although multiple device therapies and various pharmacological agents have been shown to improve patient care and reduce mortality rates, clinicians and researchers alike still lack a true panacea to regenerate damaged cardiac tissue. Over the previous two to three decades, cardiovascular stem cell therapies have held great promise. Several stem cell-based approaches have now been shown to improve ventricular function and are documented in preclinical animal models as well as phase I and phase II clinical trials...
2018: Stem Cells International
Jean-François Boisclair Lachance, Jemma L Webber, Lu Hong, Aaron Dinner, Ilaria Rebay
Cis -regulatory modules (CRMs) are defined by unique combinations of transcription factor-binding sites. Emerging evidence suggests that the number, affinity, and organization of sites play important roles in regulating enhancer output and, ultimately, gene expression. Here, we investigate how the cis -regulatory logic of a tissue-specific CRM responsible for even-skipped ( eve ) induction during cardiogenesis organizes the competing inputs of two E-twenty-six (ETS) members: the activator Pointed (Pnt) and the repressor Yan...
March 13, 2018: Genes & Development
Ivan Hernandez, Jonathan M Baio, Eric Tsay, Aida F Martinez, Tania I Fuentes, Leonard L Bailey, Nahidh W Hasaniya, Mary Kearns-Jonker
The use of cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs) to repair damaged myocardium has been the focus of intense research. Previous reports have shown that pretreatments, including hypoxia, improve cell function. However, the age-dependent effects of short-term hypoxia on CPCs, and the role of signaling in these effects, are unknown. Cloned neonatal and adult CPCs expressing Isl1, c-Kit, KDR, PDGFRA, and CXCR4, were preconditioned using hypoxia (1% O2 for six hours). Intracellular signaling pathway changes were modeled using Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA), while qRT-PCR, flow cytometry, and immunoblotting were used to measure pathway activation...
2018: American Journal of Stem Cells
Lucio Barile, Elisabetta Cervio, Vincenzo Lionetti, Giuseppina Milano, Alessandra Ciullo, Vanessa Biemmi, Sara Bolis, Claudia Altomare, Marco Matteucci, Dario Disilvestre, Tudor Emanuel Fertig, Tiziano Torre, Stefanos Demertzis, Pierluigi Mauri, Tiziano Moccetti, Giuseppe Vassalli
Aims: Cell therapy trials using cardiac-resident progenitor cells (CPCs) and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (BMCs) in patients after myocardial infarction have provided encouraging results. Exosomes, nanosized extracellular vesicles of endosomal origin, figure prominently in the bioactivities of these cells. However, a head-to-head comparison of exosomes from the two cell types has not been performed yet. Methods and Results: CPCs and BMCs were derived from cardiac atrial appendage specimens and sternal bone marrow, respectively, from patients (n=20; age, 69...
March 5, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Gioacchin Iannolo, Maria Rita Sciuto, Giuseppe Maria Raffa, Michele Pilato, Pier Giulio Conaldi
MiR34 involvement in myocardial injury repair and ageing has been well documented in mouse model. Our aim was to establish whether the inhibition of miR34 expression through locked nucleic acid (LNA) could be used as a pharmacological intervention to enhance human heart repair. Cardiac progenitor cells were obtained by right atrial specimen collection during intraoperative procedures. Our analysis revealed a direct correlation between miR34 expression and patient age, and its silencing by LNA promoted the cardiac progenitor growth rate up to twofold ( ± 0...
March 6, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Erica Hasten, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Terrence B Crowley, Elaine Zackai, Beverly S Emanuel, Bernice E Morrow, Silvia E Racedo
Non-allelic homologous recombination events on chromosome 22q11.2 during meiosis can result in either the deletion (22q11.2DS) or duplication (22q11.2DupS) syndrome. Although the spectrum and frequency of congenital heart disease (CHD) are known for 22q11.2DS, there is less known for 22q11.2DupS. We now evaluated cardiac phenotypes in 235 subjects with 22q11.2DupS including 102 subjects we collected and 133 subjects that were previously reported as a confirmation and found 25% have CHD, mostly affecting the cardiac outflow tract (OFT)...
March 2, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Santiago Roura, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Chronic diseases, including myocardial scar healing and heart failure remission, impose huge social and economic burdens, and novel approaches are needed. Several therapeutic modalities are currently being evaluated, including cell therapy, stem cell conditioning, and cardiac tissue engineering. Areas covered: This review discusses the restoration of cardiac function after myocardial infarction using a vascularized flap of autologous cardiac adipose tissue over an akinetic scar. It addresses the risks and benefits of using cardiac adipose progenitors and the adipose graft transposition procedure (AGTP) to ameliorate cardiac dysfunction in preclinical and clinical trials...
March 6, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Faranak Fattahi, Mehdi Mirzaei, Delger Bayersaikhan, Jaesuk Lee, Sehyun Chae, Daehee Hwang, Kyunghee Byun, Mehdi Sharifi Tabar, Sara Taleahmad, Shahab Mirshahvaladi, Parisa Shabani, Hananeh Fonoudi, Paul A Haynes, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Todd Evans, Bonghee Lee, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
The LIM-homeodomain transcription factor ISL1 marks multipotent cardiac progenitors that give rise to cardiac muscle, endothelium, and smooth muscle cells. ISL1+ progenitors can be derived from human pluripotent stem cells, but the inability to efficiently isolate pure populations has limited their characterization. Using a genetic selection strategy, we were able to highly enrich ISL1+ cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. Comparative quantitative proteomic analysis of enriched ISL1+ cells identified ALCAM (CD166) as a surface marker that enabled the isolation of ISL1+ progenitor cells...
February 23, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Jaecheol Lee, Ning-Yi Shao, David T Paik, Haodi Wu, Hongchao Guo, Vittavat Termglinchan, Jared M Churko, Youngkyun Kim, Tomoya Kitani, Ming-Tao Zhao, Yue Zhang, Kitchener D Wilson, Ioannis Karakikes, Michael P Snyder, Joseph C Wu
Cardiac development requires coordinated and large-scale rearrangements of the epigenome. The roles and precise mechanisms through which specific epigenetic modifying enzymes control cardiac lineage specification, however, remain unclear. Here we show that the H3K4 methyltransferase SETD7 controls cardiac differentiation by reading H3K36 marks independently of its enzymatic activity. Through chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq), we found that SETD7 targets distinct sets of genes to drive their stage-specific expression during cardiomyocyte differentiation...
March 1, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
Peter Ivák, Jan Piťha, Ivana Králová Lesná, Ivan Netuka
Ventricular assist devices are an important therapeutic modality in advanced surgical therapy of end-stage heart failure. Previously most frequently used devices generated mainly non-pulsatile blood flow. Despite indisputable clinical success of this therapy, we encounter complications specific to the devices generating continuous flow. Complications are mainly attributed to changes in shear stress and subsequent changes of the blood vessel characteristics, mainly of endothelium. Effect of continuous flow on the vasculature and blood elements, therefore, became a subject of intense recent research...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Hui Zhang, Kathy O Lui, Bin Zhou
Endocardial cells are specialized endothelial cells that form the innermost layer of the heart wall. By virtue of genetic lineage-tracing technology, many of the unexpected roles of endocardium during murine heart development, diseases, and regeneration have been identified recently. In addition to heart valves developed from the well-known endothelial to mesenchymal transition, recent fate-mapping studies using mouse models reveal that multiple cardiac cell lineages are also originated from the endocardium...
March 2, 2018: Circulation Research
Angelino Calderone
The intermediate filament protein nestin was identified in diverse populations of cells implicated in cardiovascular remodeling. Cardiac resident neural progenitor/stem cells constitutively express nestin and following an ischemic insult migrate to the infarct region and participate in angiogenesis and neurogenesis. A modest number of normal adult ventricular fibroblasts express nestin and the intermediate filament protein is upregulated during the progression of reparative and reactive fibrosis. Nestin depletion attenuates cell cycle re-entry suggesting that increased expression of the intermediate filament protein in ventricular fibroblasts may represent an activated phenotype accelerating the biological impact during fibrosis...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Wanling Xuan, Yan Wang, Yaoliang Tang, Ailia Ali, Hong Hu, Mark Maienschein-Cline, Muhammad Ashraf
Cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) being multipotent offer a promising source for cardiac repair due to their ability to proliferate and multiply into cardiac lineage cells. Here, we explored a novel strategy for human CPCs generation from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using a cardiogenic small molecule, isoxazole (ISX-9) and their ability to grow in the scar tissue for functional improvement in the infarcted myocardium. CPCs were induced from hiPSCs with ISX-9. CPCs were characterized by immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR...
February 26, 2018: Shock
Qiuling Xiang, Yan Liao, Hua Chao, Weijun Huang, Jia Liu, Haixuan Chen, Dongxi Hong, Zhengwei Zou, Andy Peng Xiang, Weiqiang Li
BACKGROUND: The LIM-homeobox transcription factor islet-1 (ISL1) has been proposed as a marker for cardiovascular progenitor cells. This study investigated whether forced expression of ISL1 in human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) improves myocardial infarction (MI) treatment outcomes. METHODS: The lentiviral vector containing the human elongation factor 1α promoter, which drives the expression of ISL1 (EF1α-ISL1), was constructed using the Multisite Gateway System and used to transduce hMSCs...
February 26, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Mark A Aminzadeh, Russell G Rogers, Mario Fournier, Rachel E Tobin, Xuan Guan, Martin K Childers, Allen M Andres, David J Taylor, Ahmed Ibrahim, Xiangming Ding, Angelo Torrente, Joshua M Goldhaber, Michael Lewis, Roberta A Gottlieb, Ronald A Victor, Eduardo Marbán
Genetic deficiency of dystrophin leads to disability and premature death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), affecting the heart as well as skeletal muscle. Here, we report that clinical-stage cardiac progenitor cells, known as cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), improve cardiac and skeletal myopathy in the mdx mouse model of DMD. Injection of CDCs into the hearts of mdx mice augments cardiac function, ambulatory capacity, and survival. Exosomes secreted by human CDCs reproduce the benefits of CDCs in mdx mice and in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived Duchenne cardiomyocytes...
February 17, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Xiaowei Zhang, Hee Jeong Yoon, Min Gyeong Kang, Gyeong Jin Kim, Sun Young Shin, Sang Hong Baek, Jung Gyu Lee, Jingjing Bai, Sang Yoon Lee, Mi Jung Choi, Kwonho Hong, Hojae Bae
Abstract : Citrons have been widely used for medicinal purposes for a long time, but the application of citron in the food industry is still restricted. The extensive advantages of nanotechnology in the food industry have greatly broadened the application of foods. In this study, by employing nanotechnology, we prepared citron-extract nanoparticle with an average size of 174.11 ± 3.89 nm, containing protein peptide and/or liposome. In order to evaluate the toxicity of nanoparticles and to ensure food safety, biological cytotoxicity at the cell and genomic levels was also identified to examine the toxicity of citron extracts by using an in vitro system...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Konstantina-Ioanna Sereti, Ngoc B Nguyen, Paniz Kamran, Peng Zhao, Sara Ranjbarvaziri, Shuin Park, Shan Sabri, James L Engel, Kevin Sung, Rajan P Kulkarni, Yichen Ding, Tzung K Hsiai, Kathrin Plath, Jason Ernst, Debashis Sahoo, Hanna K A Mikkola, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Reza Ardehali
The cellular mechanisms driving cardiac tissue formation remain poorly understood, largely due to the structural and functional complexity of the heart. It is unclear whether newly generated myocytes originate from cardiac stem/progenitor cells or from pre-existing cardiomyocytes that re-enter the cell cycle. Here, we identify the source of new cardiomyocytes during mouse development and after injury. Our findings suggest that cardiac progenitors maintain proliferative potential and are the main source of cardiomyocytes during development; however, the onset of αMHC expression leads to reduced cycling capacity...
February 21, 2018: Nature Communications
Srishti Bhutani, Aline L Y Nachlas, Milton E Brown, Tionne Pete, Christopher T Johnson, Andres J García, Michael E Davis
Cell therapy is an emerging paradigm for the treatment of heart disease. In spite of the exciting and promising preclinical results, the benefits of cell therapy for cardiac repair in patients have been modest at best. Biomaterials-based approaches may overcome the barriers of poor differentiation and retention of transplanted cells. In this study, we prepared and tested hydrogels presenting extracellular matrix (ECM)-derived adhesion peptides as delivery vehicles for c-kit+ cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs)...
January 8, 2018: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
J A Cornwell, R E Nordon, R P Harvey
Cardiac colony forming unit-fibroblasts (cCFU-F) are a population of stromal cells residing within the SCA1+ /PDGFRα+ /CD31- fraction of adult mouse hearts, and which have functional characteristics akin to bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. We hypothesise that they participate in cardiac homeostasis and repair through their actions as lineage progenitors and paracrine signaling hubs. However, cCFU-F are rare and there are no specific markers for these cells, making them challenging to study. cCFU can self-renew in vitro, although the common use of serum has made it difficult to identify cytokines that maintain lineage identity and self-renewal ability...
February 8, 2018: Stem Cell Research
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