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Cardiac engineering

Hongyu Sun, Jiajia Tang, Yongchao Mou, Jing Zhou, Linlin Qu, Kayla Duval, Zhu Huang, Ning Lin, Ruiwu Dai, Chengxiao Liang, Zi Chen, Lijun Tang, Fuzhou Tian
: Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based hydrogels have been shown to support cardiomyocyte growth and function. However, their role in cellular integrity among cardiomyocytes has not been studied in detail and the mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear. Here, single walled CNTs incorporated into gelatin with methacrylate anhydride (CNT/GelMA) hydrogels were utilized to construct cardiac tissues, which enhanced cardiomyocyte adhesion and maturation. Furthermore, through the use of immunohistochemical staining, transmission electron microscopy and intracellular calcium transient measurement, the incorporation of CNTs into the scaffolds was observed to markedly enhance the assembly and formation in the cardiac constructs...
October 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Taisuke Ishikawa, Yukiomi Tsuji, Naomasa Makita
Bradyarrhythmia is a common heart rhythm abnormality comprising number of diseases and is associated with decreased heart rate due to the failure of action potential generation and propagation at the sinus node. Permanent pacemaker implantation is often used therapeutically to compensate for decreased heart rate and cardiac output. The vast majority of bradyarrhythmia cases are attributable either to aging or to structural abnormalities of the cardiac conduction system, caused by underlying structural heart disease...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Hung X Nguyen, Robert D Kirkton, Nenad Bursac
The ability to directly enhance electrical excitability of human cells is hampered by the lack of methods to efficiently overexpress large mammalian voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC). Here we describe the use of small prokaryotic sodium channels (BacNav) to create de novo excitable human tissues and augment impaired action potential conduction in vitro. Lentiviral co-expression of specific BacNav orthologues, an inward-rectifying potassium channel, and connexin-43 in primary human fibroblasts from the heart, skin or brain yields actively conducting cells with customizable electrophysiological phenotypes...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
M Hirschvogel, M Bassilious, L Jagschies, S M Wildhirt, M W Gee
A model for patient-specific cardiac mechanics simulation is introduced, incorporating a 3-dimensional finite element model of the ventricular part of the heart which is coupled to a reduced-order 0-dimensional closed-loop vascular system, heart valve and atrial chamber model.The ventricles are modeled by a nonlinear orthotropic passive material law. The electrical activation is mimicked by a prescribed parametrized active stress acting along a generic muscle fiber orientation. Our activation function is constructed such that the start of ventricular contraction and relaxation as well as the active stress curve's slope are parameterized...
October 15, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
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
Maurizio Pesce, Elisa Messina, Isotta Chimenti, Antonio Paolo Beltrami
The life-long story of the heart starts concomitantly with primary differentiation events occurring in multipotent progenitors located in the so called heart tube. This initially tubular structure starts a looping process which leads to formation of the final four chambered heart with a primary contribution of geometric and position-associated cell sensing. While this establishes the correct patterning of the final cardiac structure, it also feedbacks to fundamental cellular machineries controlling proliferation and differentiation, thus ensuring a coordinated restriction of cell growth and a myocyte terminal differentiation...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
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...
December 2016: Biomaterials
Yi Li, Xiaoli Shi, Lei Tian, Hongyu Sun, Yujing Wu, Xia Li, Jianjun Li, Yujie Wei, Xinxiao Han, Jiao Zhang, Xiaowei Jia, Rui Bai, Limin Jing, Peng Ding, Huiliang Liu, Dong Han
A schematic for the mechanism of accelerating the assembly of intercalated discs (IDs) in cardiac myocytes regulated by gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is presented. AuNPs with local nanoscale stiffness in the substrate activate β1-integrin signaling, which mediates the activation of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) and its downstream signal kinase by stimulating expression of the transcription factors GATA4 and MEF-2c.
October 10, 2016: Advanced Materials
Andrew Kohut, Nishi Patel, Harpreet Singh
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive high-resolution echocardiography to evaluate cardiovascular function of small animals is increasingly being used due to availability of genetically engineered murine models. Even though guidelines and standard values for humans were revised by the American Society of Echocardiography, evaluations on murine models are not performed according to any standard protocols. These limitations are preventing translation of preclinical evaluations to clinical meaningful conclusions...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Anna Mallone, Benedikt Weber, Simon P Hoerstrup
In the effort of improving treatment for cardiovascular disease (CVD), scientists struggle with the lack of the regenerative capacities of finally differentiated cardiovascular tissues. In this context, the advancements in regenerative medicine contributed to the development of cell-based therapies as well as macro- and micro-scale tissue-engineering technologies. The current experimental approaches focus on different regenerative strategies including a broad spectrum of techniques such as paracrine-based stimulation of autologous cardiac stem cells, mesenchymal cell injections, 3D microtissue culture techniques and vascular tissue-engineering methods...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Ngoc Thien Lam, Timothy J Muldoon, Kyle P Quinn, Narasimhan Rajaram, Kartik Balachandran
The role of valvular interstitial cell (VIC) architecture in regulating cardiac valve function and pathology is not well understood. VICs are known to be more elongated in a hypertensive environment compared to those in a normotensive environment. We have previously reported that valve tissues cultured under hypertensive conditions are prone to acute pathological alterations in cell phenotype and contractility. We therefore aimed to rigorously study the relationship between VIC shape, contractile output and other functional indicators of VIC pathology...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
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
Akansha Pandey, Vishakha Swarnkar, Tushar Pandey, Piush Srivastava, Sanjeev Kanojiya, Dipak Kumar Mishra, Vineeta Tripathi
Calotropis procera is a medicinal plant of immense importance due to its pharmaceutical active components, especially cardiac glycosides (CG). As genomic resources for this plant are limited, the genes involved in CG biosynthetic pathway remain largely unknown till date. Our study on stage and tissue specific metabolite accumulation showed that CG's were maximally accumulated in stems of 3 month old seedlings. De novo transcriptome sequencing of same was done using high throughput Illumina HiSeq platform generating 44074 unigenes with average mean length of 1785 base pair...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kwaku Dad Abu-Bonsrah, Dongcheng Zhang, Donald F Newgreen
Chickens are an invaluable model for studying human diseases, physiology and especially development, but have lagged in genetic applications. With the advent of Programmable Engineered Nucleases, genetic manipulation has become efficient, specific and rapid. Here, we show that the CRISPR/Cas9 system can precisely edit the chicken genome. We generated HIRA, TYRP1, DICER, MBD3, EZH2, and 6 other gene knockouts in two chicken cell lines using the CRISPR/Cas9 system, with no off-target effects detected. We also showed that very large deletions (>75 kb) could be achieved...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hadyl Asfari, Julien Souvignet, Agnès Lillo-Le Louët, Béatrice Trombert, Marie-Christine Jaulent, Cédric Bousquet
AIM: To propose an alternative approach for building custom groupings of terms that complements the usual approach based on both hierarchical method (selection of reference groupings in medical dictionary for regulatory activities [MedDRA]) and/or textual method (string search), for case reports extraction from a pharmacovigilance database in response to a safety problem. Here we take cardiac valve fibrosis as an example. METHODS: The list of terms obtained by an automated approach, based on querying ontology of adverse drug reactions (OntoADR), a knowledge base defining MedDRA terms through relationships with systematized nomenclature of medicine-clinical terms (SNOMED CT) concepts, was compared with the reference list consisting of 53 preferred terms obtained by hierarchical and textual method...
July 21, 2016: Thérapie
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Tissue-engineered regeneration of a failing human heart remains a major challenge, while cardiovascular disease continues to take more lives than all cancers combined. Much has been learned from the basic and clinical studies, with the most interesting developments happening at the interfaces of disciplines. This seems to be the right time to step back and rethink the evolving paradigm of tissue engineering, and to reflect about the most promising directions to take. We clearly need new therapeutic modalities that are effective and yet simple enough to be practical, and the field is looking into the therapeutic potential of stem-progenitor cells, cardiac and vascular, that are enabled by bioactive factors and functionalized biomaterials...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Andrea V Bagdadi, Maryam Safari, Prachi Dubey, Pooja Basnett, Panagiotis Sofokleous, Eleanor Humphrey, Ian Locke, Mohan Edirisinghe, Cesare Terracciano, Aldo R Boccaccini, Jonathan C Knowles, Sian E Harding, Ipsita Roy
Cardiac tissue engineering (CTE) is currently a prime focus of research due to an enormous clinical need. In this work, a novel functional material, Poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate), P(3HO), a medium chain length polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), produced using bacterial fermentation, was studied as a new potential material for CTE. Engineered constructs with improved mechanical properties, crucial for supporting the organ during new tissue regeneration, and enhanced surface topography, to allow efficient cell adhesion and proliferation, were fabricated...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Liubov E Amirova, Nastassia M Navasiolava, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Arnaud Beck, Elena S Tomilovskaya, Inessa B Kozlovzkaya, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud
PURPOSE: Walking is a complex locomotor process that involves both spinal cord reflexes and cortical integration of peripheral nerve input. Maintaining an upright body position requires not only neuromuscular activity but also cardiovascular regulation. We postulated that plantar mechanical stimulation might modulate autonomic nervous system activity and, thereby, impact blood pressure adaptation during standing. METHODS: Twelve healthy subjects underwent three randomly ordered 45-min 70°-saddle tilt tests while the plantar surfaces of the feet were stimulated using specially engineered Korvit boots in the following modes: (1) no stimulation, (2) disrupted stimulation, and (3) walking mode...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Carolina Soler-Botija, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Santiago Roura, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Isaac Perea-Gil, Benjamin Sanchez, Ramon Bragos, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Antoni Bayes-Genis
: : Cardiac cells are subjected to mechanical and electrical forces, which regulate gene expression and cellular function. Therefore, in vitro electromechanical stimuli could benefit further integration of therapeutic cells into the myocardium. Our goals were (a) to study the viability of a tissue-engineered construct with cardiac adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (cardiac ATDPCs) and (b) to examine the effect of electromechanically stimulated cardiac ATDPCs within a myocardial infarction (MI) model in mice for the first time...
September 29, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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