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  1. Dynamic cardiomyoplasty: perspectives on nursing care and collaborative management. (United States)

    Vollman, M W


    Historically, heart transplantation has served as the definitive treatment of choice for patients with end-stage heart failure. Unfortunately, heart transplantation is not available to all patients because of the scarcity of donor allografts and strict patient selection criteria. Dynamic cardiomyoplasty is an experimental alternative to heart transplantation for the treatment of severe congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy. The procedure involves the use of an autologous latissimus dorsi muscle graft that is wrapped around the ventricles by pericardial attachment. The muscle graft is then stimulated by specialized synchronous train impulses from a cardiomyostimulator; the resultant muscle graft contractions provide support for ventricular function. This article describes collaborative, preoperative, immediate postoperative, and long-term management of patients receiving dynamic cardiomyoplasty. As members of the health care team, nurses are in a unique position to develop care standards and facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration for the care of this complex patient population.

  2. Cardiomioplastia: novo gerador da Biotronic Cardiomyoplasty: a new Biotronic generator

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    Domingo M Braile


    ,0%, referentes a seguimento médio de 14,2 meses, refletem que a cardiomioplastia pode ser efetiva na assistência do ventrículo esquerdo. A escolha do paciente parece ser a chave para o bom resultado operatório a curto e longo prazos.In the cardiomyoplasty, the contraction of the skeleton muscle, undergone electric stimulation on the dilated ventricle wall, increases the ventricle function, which is dependent of the heart and the base disease previous conditions. One of the main problems which interferes with the sucess of the cardiac muscle replacement is the myocardial synchronic stimulation and the skeleton muscle. The stimulation of this muscle in long-term has been possible because of the special electrodes associated with the sequential progressive stimulation, adjusting it to the cardiac function, through the gradual transformation of glicolitic fibers exposed to fatigue in highly resistant slow oxidizers. The pulse generator Myos (Biotronik has been used in our center for electrical stimulation of the latissimus dorsalis in synchronization with the myocardium. This electronic circuit and lithium battery type of cardiomyostimulator stores a stimulation program responsible for different operational modes, adapted by acomputer program. In order to program the cardiomyostimulator, the moment of the pulse synchronization with the aortic valve opening is extremely important. The high velocity M mode is utilized to evaluate the synchronism. The cardiomyoplasty clinical evaluation is based on the results obtained from 32 patients at 22 ti 72 years old (average=46.2 years most of patients (72% presented dilated myocardiopathy due to undetermined cause, 24% of chagasic origin, 3% virus and 3% due to peripartum. Hospital and late mortality rate were both 12.5% and 3.1% and 3.7% respectively, excluding the chagasic patients. The actuarial survival was 81.3 + - 0.22% after 6 years and 94.4 + - 0.1 % after 5 years, withdrawing the chagasic patients. The average indexes of systolic

  3. Lost in translation: what is limiting cardiomyoplasty and can tissue engineering help? (United States)

    Simpson, David; Dudley, Samuel C


    Heart failure accounts for more deaths in the United States than any other detrimental human pathology. Recently, repairing the heart after seemingly irreversible injury leading to heart failure appears to have come within reach. Cellular cardiomyoplasty, transplanting viable cell alternatives into the diseased myocardium, has emerged as a promising possible solution. Translating this approach from the laboratory to the clinic, however, has been met with several challenges, leaving many questions unanswered. This review assesses the state of investigation of several progenitor cell sources, including induced pluripotent stem cells, embryonic stem cells, bone marrow stem cells, adipose-derived adult stem cells, amniotic fluid stem cells, skeletal muscle progenitors, induced pluripotent stem cells and cardiac progenitors. Several current roadblocks to maximum success are discussed. These include understanding the need for cardiomyocyte differentiation, appreciating the role of paracrine factors, and addressing the low engraftment rates using current techniques. Tissue engineering strategies to address these obstacles and to help maximize cellular cardiomyoplasty success are reviewed.

  4. An Assessment of Gadonanotubes as Magnetic Nanolabels for Improved Stem Cell Detection and Retention in Cardiomyoplasty (United States)

    Tran, Lesa A.

    In this work, gadolinium-based carbon nanocapsules are developed as a novel nanotechnology that addresses the shortcomings of current diagnostic and therapeutic methods of stem cell-based cardiomyoplasty. With cardiovascular disease (CVD) responsible for approximately 30% of deaths worldwide, the growing need for improved cardiomyoplasty has spurred efforts in nanomedicine to develop innovative techniques to enhance the therapeutic retention and diagnostic tracking of transplanted cells. Having previously been demonstrated as a high-performance T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent, Gadonanotubes (GNTs) are shown for the first time to intracellularly label pig bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Without the use of a transfection agent, micromolar concentrations of GNTs deliver up to 109 Gd3+ ions per cell, allowing for MSCs to be visualized in a 1.5 T clinical MRI scanner. The cellular response to the intracellular incorporation of GNTs is also assessed, revealing that GNTs do not compromise the viability, differentiation potential, or phenotype characteristics of the MSCs. However, it is also found that GNT-labeled MSCs exhibit a decreased response to select cell adhesion proteins and experience a nonapoptotic, non-proliferative cell cycle arrest, from which the cells recover 48 h after GNT internalization. In tandem with developing GNTs as a new stem cell diagnostic agent, this current work also explores for the first time the therapeutic application of the magnetically-active GNTs as a magnetic facilitator to increase the retention of transplanted stem cells during cardiomyoplasty. In vitro flow chamber assays, ex vivo perfusion experiments, and in vivo porcine injection procedures all demonstrate the increased magnetic-assisted retention of GNT-labeled MSCs in the presence of an external magnetic field. These studies prove that GNTs are a powerful 'theranostic' agent that provides a novel platform to simultaneously monitor

  5. Cellular cardiomyoplasty into infracted swine's hearts by retrograde infusion through the venous coronary sinus: An experimental study

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    Prifti, Edvin, E-mail: [Division of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Center of Tirana (Albania); Di Lascio, Gabriella [Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Section, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Florence (Italy); Harmelin, Guy [Cardiac Surgery, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Florence (Italy); Bani, Daniele [Research Unit of Histology & Embryology, Departments of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, University of Florence, Florence (Italy); Briganti, Vittorio [Unit of Nuclear Medicine, Careggi Hospital, Florence (Italy); Veshti, Altin [Division of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Center of Tirana (Albania); Bonacchi, Massimo [Cardiac Surgery, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Florence (Italy)


    Objectives: The aim was to create a model of myocardial infarction with a borderline myocardial impairment which would enable evaluation of the retrograde cellular cardiomyoplasty through the venous coronary sinus in a large animal model. Materials and methods: Fifteen (study group) and 10 juvenile farm pigs (control group) underwent distal left anterior descending artery ligation. One month later the study group animals underwent sternotomy and a murine myoblastic line C2-C12 was injected at a constant pressure of 30 mmHg, into the coronary sinus. Thirty days later all animals that survived from both groups underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 99Tc scintigraphy and were later euthanized and specimens were taken for microscopic evaluation. Results: Cardiac output decreased significantly after ligation (p < 0.001) and increased significantly after cardiomyoplasty (p < 0.001). In all animals, the surgical induction of myocardial infarction caused a marked decline in the echocardiographic values of cardiac function; however, the cardiac function and dimensions were significantly improved in the study group after cardiomyoplasty versus the control group. All animals undergoing cardiomyoplasty demonstrated a significant reduction of the perfusion deficit in the left anterior descending artery territory, instead such data remained unchanged in the control group. The histological examination demonstrated the engrafted myoblasts could be distinguished from the activated fibroblasts in the scar tissue because they never showed any signs of collagen secretion and fiber buildup. Conclusions: In conclusion, the venous retrograde delivery route through the coronary sinus is safe and effective, providing a significant improvement in function and viability.

  6. Perspectivas da cardiomioplastia no tratamento das cardiomiopatias Cardiomyoplasty perspectives in the treatment of cardiomyopathies

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    Luiz Felipe P Moreira


    enxerto e às alterações da função pulmonar decorrentes da presença do grande dorsal no interior do tórax.Cardiomyoplasty is a new approach to the treatment of cardiac insufficiency and its objetive is a control of congestive failure state by the increase of ventricular pumping performance due to improved contractility of the failing heart. At the Heart Institute, from May to December of 1988, latissimus dorsi cardiomyoplasty was performed in 5 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. The patients were in NYHA. class III or IV despite maximal medical therapy. Etiology was idiopathic in four and due to Chagas' disease in one patient. The mean cardiothoracic ratio was 58 ± 2% and the resting left ventricular ejection fraction (Thecnetium ranged from 19 to 29%. The operation was performed without extracorporeal circulation and the left latissimus dorsi muscle was wrapped around the right and left ventricles. There were no operative deaths. On the other hand, the loss of muscle flap contraction occurred in one patient due to latissimus dorsi ischemia and this patient died two months later in congestive heart failure. In follow-up ranging from 4 to 9 months, 4 patients that completed the muscle conditioning protocol were in NYHA class I or II with lesser amounts of drugs. Maximal oxygen consumption in treadmill test increased from 13.4 ± 0.8 to 20.6 ± 2.3 ml/min/kg and resting ejection fraction from 23.7 ± 4.2 to 34 ± 7.3%. Hemodynamic evaluation showed that pulmonary wedge pressure decreased from 23.5 ± to 13.2 ± 5.4 mmHg and that stroke work index increased from 15.8 ± 4.2 to 26 ± 7.4 g.M/M². Finally, pulmonary functional test showed that vital capacity decreased 15 ± 4% and a reduction of left lung ventilation was observed after cardiomyoplasty. From these findings, we conclude that cardiomyoplasty may improve ventricular function in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, leading to reversion of congestive failure. Surgical morbidity appears to be restricted to

  7. Mesenchymal progenitor cells differentiate into an endothelial phenotype, enhance vascular density and improve heart function in a rat cellular cardiomyoplasty model

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    AIM: Cellular cardiomyoplasty is promising for improving postinfarcted cardiac function. Over the past decade, a variety of cell types have been proposed including mononuclear bone marrow cells. The latter contains different lineages including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The aim of this study was to analyse the differentiation pathways of engrafted syngenic mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPCs) obtained in culture from bone marrow

  8. Can angiogenesis induced by chronic electrical stimulation enhance latissimus dorsi muscle flap survival for application in cardiomyoplasty? (United States)

    Overgoor, Max L E; Carroll, Sean M; Papanicolau, George; Carroll, Camilla M A; Ustüner, Tuncay E T; Stremel, Richard W; Anderson, Gary L; Franken, Ralph J P M; Kon, Moshe; Barker, John H


    In cardiomyoplasty, the latissimus dorsi muscle is lifted on its primary neurovascular pedicle and wrapped around a failing heart. After 2 weeks, it is trained for 6 weeks using chronic electrical stimulation, which transforms the latissimus dorsi muscle into a fatigue-resistant muscle that can contract in synchrony with the beating heart without tiring. In over 600 cardiomyoplasty procedures performed clinically to date, the outcomes have varied. Given the data obtained in animal experiments, the authors believe these variable outcomes are attributable to distal latissimus dorsi muscle flap necrosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the chronic electrical stimulation training used to transform the latissimus dorsi muscle into fatigue-resistant muscle could also be used to induce angiogenesis, increase perfusion, and thus protect the latissimus dorsi muscle flap from distal necrosis. After 14 days of chronic electrical stimulation (10 Hz, 330 microsec, 4 to 6 V continuous, 8 hours/day) of the right or left latissimus dorsi muscle (randomly selected) in 11 rats, both latissimus dorsi muscles were lifted on their thoracodorsal pedicles and returned to their anatomical beds. Four days later, the resulting amount of distal flap necrosis was measured. Also, at predetermined time intervals throughout the experiment, muscle surface blood perfusion was measured using scanning laser Doppler flowmetry. Finally, latissimus dorsi muscles were excised in four additional stimulated rats, to measure angiogenesis (capillary-to-fiber ratio), fiber type (oxidative or glycolytic), and fiber size using histologic specimens. The authors found that chronic electrical stimulation (1) significantly (p < 0.05) increased angiogenesis (mean capillary-to-fiber ratio) by 82 percent and blood perfusion by 36 percent; (2) did not reduce the amount of distal flap necrosis compared with nonchronic electrical stimulation controls (29 +/- 5.3 percent versus 26.6 +/- 5

  9. Bases experimentais da utilização da cardiomioplastia no tratamento da insuficiência miocárdica Experimental basis of cardiomyoplasty utilization in the treatment of myocardial insufficiency

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    Luiz Felipe P Moreira


    Full Text Available A cardiomioplastia é uma técnica que utiliza enxertos musculares esqueléticos, estimulados síncronamente ao coração, para substituir, ou envolver o miocárdio. O objetivo deste trabalho foi analisar as características contrateis e a resistência à fadiga do músculo grande dorsal normal e estimulado cronicamente, bem como avaliar a eficiência da cardiomioplastia como método de suporte circulatório. Treze cães foram estudados, após condicionamento elétrico do músculo grande dorsal esquerdo, por período de 6 semanas. Sete deles foram submetidos a medida isométrica da força exercida pelos músculos condicionados e pelos controles contralaterais e a estudo morfológico. Os parâmetros ideais de estimulação foram semelhantes para os músculos normais e os condicionados. Os músculos condicionados, constituídos, predominantemente, de fibras de ação lenta, apresentaram uma força de amplitude menor (-27% e um tempo de contração mais longo (+32%. Por outro lado, as curvas de fadiga dos músculos normais, constituídos de fibras mistas, mostraram a queda inicial da força de contração e valores estáveis, após 30 minutos, inversamente proporcionais à freqüência das contrações, resultando em um mesmo índice tensão-tempo (18 ± 2 kgF. seg/min. Já os músculos condicionados apresentaram um desempenho estável nas mesmas freqüências, mantendo um índice tensão-tempo elevado (68 ± 6 kgF. reg/min. Os outros 6 animais foram submetidos a cardiomioplastia, sendo estudados hemodinâmica e ecocardiograficamente, após a indução de disfunção miocárdica. Com a estimulação síncrona do músculo esquelético, observou-se a elevação do índice cardíaco em 36 ± 4% (pBeneficial effects of cardiomyoplasty have been documented and the use of this technique in the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy have been suggested. This study was undertaken to evaluate the contracting and fatigue characteristics of normal and

  10. Evaluation of passive cardiomyoplasty using left- and right-ventricular volume measurements by EBCT and MRI in patients with chronic congestive heart failure; Evaluierung der passiven Kardiomyoplastie mittels links- und rechtsventrikulaerer EBCT- und MRT-Volumetrie bei Patienten mit chronischer Herzinsuffizienz

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    Lembcke, A.; Enzweiler, C.N.H.; Wiese, T.H.; Kivelitz, D.E.; Rogalla, P.; Hamm, B. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Universitaetsklinikum Charite, Campus Charite Mitte, Humboldt Univ. zu Berlin (Germany); Hotz, H.; Dushe, S.; Konertz, W. [Klinik fuer Kardiovaskulaere Chirurgie, Universitaetsklinikum Charite, Campus Charite Mitte, Humboldt Univ. zu Berlin (Germany)


    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of passive cardiomyoplasty with the determination of biventricular volumes, global systolic function as well as left-ventricular muscle mass. Materials and Methods: In 19 patients with congestive heart failure of idiopathic or ischemic origin, a polyester mesh-graft was implanted around both ventricles for stabilization and functional support. Before and three months after surgery, 15 patients underwent EBCT and 4 patients with impaired renal function underwent MRI, for the evaluation of the volume and ejection fraction of both ventricles. Results: EBCT demonstrated a decrease from 385 to 310 ml in LV-EDV, from 312 to 242 ml in LV-ESV, from 209 to 160 ml in RV-EDV and from 149 to 87 ml in RV-ESV, and an increase from 20 to 26% in LV-EF and from 37 to 50% in RV-EF as well as a reduction of LV-MM from 300 to 274 g (p < 0.05 each). Similar results were obtained by MRI. Conclusion: Following passive cardiomyoplasty, EBCT and MRI revealed an improvement of the global systolic function as well as a reduction of biventricular volumes and left-ventricular muscle mass. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Evaluierung des Therapieerfolges der passiven Kardiomyoplastie durch Bestimmung der biventrikulaeren Volumina und global systolischen Funktion sowie der linksventrikulaeren Muskelmasse. Methoden: Bei 19 Patienten mit idiopathisch und ischaemisch bedingter Herzinsuffizienz erfolgte die Implantation eines Polyesternetzes um die Ventrikel zu deren Stabilisierung und funktioneller Unterstuetzung. Praeoperativ sowie drei Monate postoperativ wurden bei 15 Patienten durch EBCT und bei 4 Patienten mit eingeschraenkter Nierenfunktion durch MRT die Volumina und Ejektionsfraktion beider Ventrikel sowie die linksventrikulaere Muskelmasse bestimmt. Ergebnisse: Die EBCT zeigte eine Abnahme des LV-EDV von 385 auf 310 ml, des LV-ESV von 312 auf 242 ml, des RV-EDV von 209 auf 160 ml und des RV-ESV von 149 auf 87 ml, eine Zunahme der LV-EF von 20 auf 26% und der RV


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    This study examined the rectus abdominis myofascial flap as an innervated nap for dynamic cardiomyoplastic purposes. It is common to use the latissimus dorsi to wrap or patch around or in the heart, but there is a need for more innervated skeletal muscle for a variety of reasons. The rectus abdomini

  12. Effects of Tongxinluo-facilitated cellular cardiomyoplasty with autologous bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells on postinfarct swine hearts

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    QIAN Hai-yan; LU Min-jie; ZHAO Shi-hua; YANG Yue-jin; HUANG Ji; GAO Run-lin; DOU Ke-fei; YANG Guo-sheng; LI Jian-jun; SHEN Rui; HE Zuo-xiang


    Background Treatment of ischemic heart disease remains an important challenge, though there have been enormous progresses in cardiovascular therapeutics. This study was conducted to evaluate whether Tongxinluo (TXL) treatment around the transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can improve survival and subsequent activities of implanted cells in swine hearts with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and reperfusion.Methods Twenty-eight Chinese mini-pigs were divided into four groups including a control group (n=7); group 2,administration of low-dose TXL alone from the 3rd day prior to AMI to the 4th day post transplantation (n=7); group 3,MSCs alone (n=7) and group 4, TXL + MSCs (n=7). AMI models were made by occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery for 90 minutes. Autologous bone marrow-MSCs (3×107 cells/animal) were then injected into the post-infarct myocardium immediately after AMI and reperfusion. The survival and differentiation of implanted cells in vivo were detected by immunofluorescent analysis. The data of cardiac function were obtained at baseline (1 week after transplantation) and endpoint (6 weeks after transplantation) by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Apoptosis was detected by TUNEL assay and the oxidative stress level was investigated in the post-infarct myocardium at endpoint.Results At endpoint, there was less fibrosis and inflammatory cell infiltration with more surviving myocardium in group 4 than in the control group. In group 4 the survival and differentiation of implanted MSCs were significantly improved more than that seen in group 3 alone (P<0.0001); the capillary density was also significantly greater than in the control group,group 2 or 3 both in the infarcted zone (P<0.0001) and the peri-infarct zone (P<0.0001). MRI showed that parameters at baseline were not significantly different between the 4 groups. At endpoint, regional wall thickening and the left ventricular ejection fraction were increased while the left ventricular mass index, dyskinetic segments and infarcted size were decreased only in group 4 compared with control group (P<0.0001). SPECT showed that the area of perfusion defect was significantly decreased at endpoint only in group 4 compared with control group (P<0.0001). TUNEL assay indicated that TXL administration significantly decreased cell apoptosis in peri-infarct myocardium in groups 2 and 4. Furthermore,superoxide dismutase (SOD) significantly increased and malondialdehyde (MDA) decreased in groups 2 and 4 by the administration of TXL.Conclusions Our study demonstrates the following: (1) immediate intramyocardial injection of MSCs after AMI and reperfusion resulted in limited survival and differentiation potential of implanted cells in vivo, thus being incapable of beneficially affecting post-hearts; (2) TXL-facilitation resulted in a significant survival and differentiation potential of implanted cells in vivo via inhibition of apoptosis and oxidative stress, accompanied by significant benefits in cardiac function.


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    The rectus abdominis myofascial flap (RAMF) was investigated as a viable alternative to the latissimus dorsi flap for dynamic cardiomyoplasty. In human and animal cadaver experiments and live sheep, it was possible to use the RAMF for innervated intrathoracic use. The RAMF was stimulated by a specia

  14. Strategies for recruitment of stem cells to treat myocardial infarction. (United States)

    Shafiq, Muhammad; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Jung, Youngmee; Kim, Soo Hyun


    Heart failure is one of the most prominent causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction (MI) are responsible for 29% of deaths worldwide. MI results in obstruction of the blood supply to the heart and scar formation, and causes substantial death of cardiomyocytes in the infarct zone followed by an inflammatory response. Current treatment methodologies of MI and heart failure include organ transplantation, coronary artery bypass grafting, ventricular remodeling, cardiomyoplasty, and cellular therapy. Each of these methodologies has associated risks and benefits. Cellular cardiomyoplasty is a viable option to decrease the fibrosis of infarct scars, adverse post-ischemic remodeling, and improve heart function. However, the low rate of cell survival, shortage of cell sources and donors, tumorigenesis, and ethical issues hamper full exploitation of cell therapy for MI treatment. Consequently, the mobilization and recruitment of endogenous stem/progenitor cells from bone marrow, peripheral circulation, and cardiac tissues has immense potential through harnessing the host's own reparative capacities that result from interplay among cytokines, chemokines, and adhesion molecules. Therapeutic treatments to enhance the mobilization and homing of stem cells are under development. In this review, we present state-of-the-art approaches that are being pursued for stem cell mobilization and recruitment to regenerate infarcted myocardium. Potential therapeutic interventions and delivery strategies are discussed in detail.

  15. [Stem cell perspectives in myocardial infarctions]. (United States)

    Aceves, José Luis; Archundia, Abel; Díaz, Guillermo; Páez, Araceli; Masso, Felipe; Alvarado, Martha; López, Manuel; Aceves, Rocío; Ixcamparij, Carlos; Puente, Adriana; Vilchis, Rafael; Montaño, Luis Felipe


    Myocardial infarction is the leading cause of congestive heart failure and death in industrializated countries. The cellular cardiomyoplasty has emerged as an alternative treatment in the regeneration of infarted myocardial tissue. In animals' models, different cellular lines such as cardiomyocites, skeletal myoblasts, embryonic stem cells and adult mesenchymal stem cells have been used, resulting in an improvement in ventricular function and decrease in amount of infarcted tissue. The first three cells lines have disvantages as they are allogenics and are difficult to obtain. The adult mesenchymal stem cells are autologous and can be obtained throught the aspiration of bone marrow or from peripherical circulation, after stimulating with cytokines (G-CSF). The implantation in humans with recent and old myocardial infarction have shown improvements similar to those shown in animal models. These findings encourage the continued investigation in the mechanism of cellular differentiation and implantation methods in infarcted myocardial tissue.

  16. Transplantation of 5-azacytidine treated cardiac fibroblasts improves cardiac function of infarct hearts in rats

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    TANG Cheng-chun; MA Gan-shan; CHEN Ji-yuan


    Background Cellular cardiomyoplasty by transplantation of various cell types has been investigated as potential treatments for the improvement of cardiac function after myocardial injury. A major barrier for the clinical application of cell transplantation is obtaining sufficiently large quantities of suitable cells. AIIogeneic cellular cardiomyoplasty may provide an alternative source of abundant, transplantable, myogenic cells by in vitro manipulation of cardiac fibroblasts using chemicals including 5-azacytidine. This study evaluated cardiomyogenic differentiation of cardiac fibroblasts, their survival in myocardial scar tissue, and the effect of the implanted cells on heart function.Methods Primary cardiac fibroblasts from neonatal rats were treated with 5-azacytidine (10 μmol/L) or control.Treatment of 5-azacytidine caused myogenic differentiation of cultured cardiac fibroblasts, as defined by elongation and fusion into multinucleated myotubes with sarcomeric structures as identified by electron microscopy, and positive immunostaining for cardiac specific proteins, troponin I and β-myosin heavy chain (β-MHC) and the gap junction protein connexin 43. The myogenic cells (1.0x106) were transplanted into the infarcted myocardium 2 weeks after coronary artery occlusion.Results By 1 month after transplantation, the converted fibroblasts gave rise to a cluster of cardiac-like muscle cells that in the hearts occupied a large part of the scar with positive immunostaining for the myogenic proteins troponin I and β-MHC. Engrafted cells also expressed the gap junction protein connexin 43 in a disorganized manner. There was no positive staining in the control hearts treated with injections of culture medium. Heart function was evaluated at 6 weeks after myocardial injury with echocardiographic and hemodynamic measurements. Improvement in cardiac function was seen in the hearts transplanted with the 5-azacytidine-treated cardiac fibroblasts which was absent in the

  17. Muscle- and pneumatic-powered counterpulsating LVADs: a pilot study. (United States)

    Wilde, J C; van Loon, J; Bishop, N D; Shelton, A D; Marten, C; Kolff, W J; Stephenson, L; Baciewicz, F; Nakajima, H; Thomas, G


    There is a worldwide interest in supporting the failing heart with a skeletal muscle by either wrapping it around the natural heart (dynamic cardiomyoplasty) or by constructing a skeletal muscle ventricle (SMV) used for counterpulsation. Conventional cardiomyoplasty in many clinics carries an operative mortality rate of 15-20% partly because it requires 6 weeks to train the muscle to contract continually. A flexible, pear-shaped blood pump with an inflatable air chamber was designed and made around which a muscle can be wrapped. The advantage of our design is that it can also be driven by pneumatic power, immediately supporting the circulation of a seriously ill patient while that patient is still on the operating table. After a period of time to allow for revascularization and the subsequent training of the muscle, the external pneumatic power can be gradually discontinued. Then the assisted patient becomes tether-free. If, at any time, the muscle power fails, the pneumatic-powered mechanism can be reactivated. In the preferred approach, the blood pump is connected to the aorta for diastolic counterpulsation. A muscle can either be wrapped around the blood pump directly, or around one of two separate muscle pouches connected to the blood pump. To facilitate surgery, a large pouch is inserted under the musculus latissimus dorsi, which is connected to a blood pump. When stimulated, the muscle will contract over the pouch compressing it and providing power to the blood pump. If it is found that the pressure generated in the pouch cannot meet the aortic blood pressure, it can be augmented by using a pressure amplifier.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. Development of bioartificial myocardium using stem cells and nanobiotechnology templates. (United States)

    Chachques, Juan Carlos


    Cell-based regenerative therapy is undergoing experimental and clinical trials in cardiology, in order to limit the consequences of decreased contractile function and compliance of damaged ventricles following myocardial infarction. Over 1000 patients have been treated worldwide with cell-based procedures for myocardial regeneration. Cellular cardiomyoplasty seems to reduce the size and fibrosis of infarct scars, limit adverse postischemic remodelling, and improve diastolic function. The development of a bioartificial myocardium is a new challenge; in this approach, tissue-engineered procedures are associated with cell therapy. Organ decellularization for bioscaffolds fabrication is a new investigated concept. Nanomaterials are emerging as the main candidates to ensure the achievement of a proper instructive cellular niche with good drug release/administration properties. Investigating the electrophysiological properties of bioartificial myocardium is the challenging objective of future research, associating a multielectrode network to provide electrical stimulation could improve the coupling of grafted cells and scaffolds with host cardiomyocytes. In summary, until now stem cell transplantation has not achieved clear hemodynamic benefits for myocardial diseases. Supported by relevant scientific background, the development of myocardial tissue engineering may constitute a new avenue and hope for the treatment of myocardial diseases.

  19. 带血管神经蒂肌瓣重建脊髓损伤后膀胱功能的研究进展

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    王诗波; 侯春林


    肌瓣带蒂转移或游离移植不仅可应用于创面缺损的覆盖、外形的重建,有收缩能力的肌瓣还被广泛应用于瘫痪肌肉的动力功能重建。除了骨科临床常用的四肢动力功能重建外,还被探索应用于外科其它领域的功能重建。如Acker报道的背阔肌心肌成形术(cardiomyoplasty)、Perez—Abadia等报道的股薄肌成形术(graciloplasty)以及Baeten等报道的动力性股薄肌成形术(dynamic graciloplasty)等,Stremel将其统称为动力性肌成形术(dynamic myoplasty)。脊髓损伤后膀胱功能障碍是截瘫患者晚期死亡的主要原因之一。

  20. [Stem cells and cardiac regeneration]. (United States)

    Perez Millan, Maria Ines; Lorenti, Alicia


    Stem cells are defined by virtue of their functional attributes: absence of tissue specific differentitated markers, capable of proliferation, able to self-maintain the population, able to produce a large number of differentiated, functional progeny, able to regenerate the tissue after injury. Cell therapy is an alternative for the treatment of several diseases, like cardiac diseases (cell cardiomyoplasty). A variety of stem cells could be used for cardiac repair: from cardiac and extracardiac sources. Each cell type has its own profile of advantages, limitations, and practicability issues in specific clinical settings. Differentiation of bone marrow stem cells to cardiomyocyte-like cells have been observed under different culture conditions. The presence of resident cardiac stem cell population capable of differentiation into cardiomyocyte or vascular lineage suggests that these cells could be used for cardiac tissue repair, and represent a great promise for clinical application. Stem cells mobilization by cytokines may also offer a strategy for cardiac regeneration. The use of stem cells (embryonic and adult) may hold the key to replacing cells lost in many devastating diseases. This potential benefit is a major focus for stem cell research.

  1. Bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery. (United States)

    Natsis, Konstantinos; Totlis, Trifon; Tsikaras, Prokopios; Skandalakis, Panagiotis


    The subscapular artery arises from the third part of the axillary artery and gives off the circumflex scapular and the thoracodorsal arteries. Although anatomical variations of the axillary artery are very common, the existence of a unilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery has been described in the literature only once. There are no reports of bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery, in the literature. In the present study, a bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery, originating on either side of the third part of the axillary artery, is described in a 68-year-old female cadaver. All the other branches of the axillary artery had a typical origin, course, distribution and termination. This extremely rare anatomical variation apart from the anatomical importance also has clinical significance for surgeons in this area. Especially, during the dissection or mobilization of the latissimus dorsi that is partly used for coverage problems in many regions of the body and also in dynamic cardiomyoplasty, any iatrogenic injury of this accessory artery may result in ischemia and functional loss of the graft.

  2. Surgical therapy in advanced heart failure. (United States)

    Vitali, Ettore; Colombo, Tiziano; Fratto, Pasquale; Russo, Claudio; Bruschi, Giuseppe; Frigerio, Maria


    Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects about 1% of adults in the United States and is a contributing factor in >250,000 deaths per year. In an increasingly elderly population, the surgical treatment of CHF made great progress during the past 3 decades, consuming enormous health care resources. Heart transplantation is still the most effective therapy for end-stage heart disease, with the 10-year survival rate after transplantation approaching 50%. Efforts to increase the supply of donor organs have failed to improve the shortage, underscoring the crucial need for alternatives to cardiac allotransplantation. Alternative surgical options to end-stage heart transplantation are rapidly evolving. Left ventricular assist devices have been used as a bridge to heart transplantation for patients who otherwise might die awaiting a new heart. There is also continued interest in the use of these devices either to bridge patients to full recovery or to destination therapy, without the need for heart replacement. Left ventricular reconstruction, including the Batista and Dor procedures, along with mitral valve repair, cardiomyoplasty, and extreme coronary artery bypass graft surgery, are now being increasingly performed as alternative options. The history, status, and personal experience of surgical treatment of end-stage heart disease are discussed.

  3. Surgery of congestive heart failure - the role of computed tomography in the pre- and postsurgical diagnostic evaluation; Chirurgie der Herzinsuffizienz - Stellenwert der Computertomographie in der prae- und postoperativen Diagnostik

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    Lembcke, A.; Kivelitz, D.E.; Rogalla, P.; Dewey, M.; Klessen, C.; Hamm, B.; Enzweiler, C.N.H. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Charite Campus Mitte, Berlin (Germany); Dohmen, P.M.; Konertz, W.F. [Klinik fuer Kardiovaskulaere Chirurgie, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Charite Campus Mitte, Berlin (Germany); Wiese, T.H. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Augusta-Kranken-Anstalt, Bochum (Germany)


    The treatment of advanced, drug resistant congestive heart failure gains in importance in the field of cardiac surgery. Cardiac imaging for preoperative assessment and follow-up focuses on the determination of ventricular volumes and function as well as on the detection of postoperative complications. Computed tomography (CT) is highly accurate irrespective of the individual patient's anatomic situation, has a low examiner dependence and short examination time, does not require an arterial vascular access and can be performed in patients with metal implants. CT is the modality of choice in the follow-up of heart transplants to detect extracardiac and cardiac complications including coronary calcifications as an early sign of transplant vasculopathy. In addition, CT visualizes the elements of mechanical assist devices and can identify their possible local cardiac and mediastinal complications CT can detect fibrolipomatous involution of the mobilized muscle flap in dynamic cardiomyoplasty and can depict fibrous reactions along the epicardial mesh implant in passive cardiac containment. Further indications include assessment of typical local postoperative complications, such as intrathoracic infection and mediastinal bleeding, intracardiac thrombus formation or pericardial effusion. CT is routinely used for evaluating bypass patency but is limited in assessing associated valve defects since it does not visualize flow. (orig.)

  4. Justification for antioxidant preconditioning (or how to protect insulin-mediated actions under oxidative stress)

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    A Orzechowski


    Insulin resistance is characterized by impaired glucose utilization in the peripheral tissues, accelerated muscle protein degradation, impaired antioxidant defences and extensive cell death. Apparently, both insulin and IGF-1 at physiological concentrations support cell survival by phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase-dependent and independent mechanisms. Postprandial hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia are found in insulin resistance, which accompanies the so-called noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus (diabetes type 2). Evidence also indicates that increased susceptibility of muscle cells and cardiomycoytes to oxidative stress is among the harmful complications of insulin resistance and diabetes. Limited knowledge showing benefits of preconditioning with antioxidants (vitamin C, E, -lipoic acid, -acetylcysteine) in order to protect insulin action under oxidative stress prompted the author to discuss the theoretical background to this approach. It should be stressed that antioxidant preconditioning is relevant to prevention of both diabetes- and insulin resistance-associated side-effects such as low viability and cell deletion. Furthermore, antioxidant conditioning promises to provide higher efficacy for clinical applications in myoblast transfer therapy and cardiomyoplasty.

  5. Development of Bioartificial Myocardium Using Stem Cells and Nanobiotechnology Templates

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    Juan Carlos Chachques


    Full Text Available Cell-based regenerative therapy is undergoing experimental and clinical trials in cardiology, in order to limit the consequences of decreased contractile function and compliance of damaged ventricles following myocardial infarction. Over 1000 patients have been treated worldwide with cell-based procedures for myocardial regeneration. Cellular cardiomyoplasty seems to reduce the size and fibrosis of infarct scars, limit adverse postischemic remodelling, and improve diastolic function. The development of a bioartificial myocardium is a new challenge; in this approach, tissue-engineered procedures are associated with cell therapy. Organ decellularization for bioscaffolds fabrication is a new investigated concept. Nanomaterials are emerging as the main candidates to ensure the achievement of a proper instructive cellular niche with good drug release/administration properties. Investigating the electrophysiological properties of bioartificial myocardium is the challenging objective of future research, associating a multielectrode network to provide electrical stimulation could improve the coupling of grafted cells and scaffolds with host cardiomyocytes. In summary, until now stem cell transplantation has not achieved clear hemodynamic benefits for myocardial diseases. Supported by relevant scientific background, the development of myocardial tissue engineering may constitute a new avenue and hope for the treatment of myocardial diseases.

  6. Electrically contractile polymers augment right ventricular output in the heart. (United States)

    Ruhparwar, Arjang; Piontek, Patricia; Ungerer, Matthias; Ghodsizad, Ali; Partovi, Sasan; Foroughi, Javad; Szabo, Gabor; Farag, Mina; Karck, Matthias; Spinks, Geoffrey M; Kim, Seon Jeong


    Research into the development of artificial heart muscle has been limited to assembly of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes seeded around a matrix, while nonbiological approaches to tissue engineering have rarely been explored. The aim of the study was to apply electrically contractile polymer-based actuators as cardiomyoplasty for positive inotropic support of the right ventricle. Complex trilayer polypyrrole (PPy) bending polymers for high-speed applications were generated. Bending motion occurred directly as a result of electrochemically driven charging and discharging of the PPy layers. In a rat model (n = 5), strips of polymers (3 × 20 mm) were attached and wrapped around the right ventricle (RV). RV pressure was continuously monitored invasively by direct RV cannulation. Electrical activation occurred simultaneously with either diastole (in order to evaluate the polymer's stand-alone contraction capacity; group 1) or systole (group 2). In group 1, the pressure generation capacity of the polymers was measured by determining the area under the pressure curve (area under curve, AUC). In group 2, the RV pressure AUC was measured in complexes directly preceding those with polymer contraction and compared to RV pressure complexes with simultaneous polymer contraction. In group 1, the AUC generated by polymer contraction was 2768 ± 875 U. In group 2, concomitant polymer contraction significantly increased AUC compared with complexes without polymer support (5987 ± 1334 U vs. 4318 ± 691 U, P ≤ 0.01). Electrically contractile polymers are able to significantly augment right ventricular contraction. This approach may open new perspectives for myocardial tissue engineering, possibly in combination with fetal or embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.

  7. A Novel Human Tissue-Engineered 3-D Functional Vascularized Cardiac Muscle Construct (United States)

    Valarmathi, Mani T.; Fuseler, John W.; Davis, Jeffrey M.; Price, Robert L.


    Organ tissue engineering, including cardiovascular tissues, has been an area of intense investigation. The major challenge to these approaches has been the inability to vascularize and perfuse the in vitro engineered tissue constructs. Attempts to provide oxygen and nutrients to the cells contained in the biomaterial constructs have had varying degrees of success. The aim of this current study is to develop a three-dimensional (3-D) model of vascularized cardiac tissue to examine the concurrent temporal and spatial regulation of cardiomyogenesis in the context of postnatal de novo vasculogenesis during stem cell cardiac regeneration. In order to achieve the above aim, we have developed an in vitro 3-D functional vascularized cardiac muscle construct using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived embryonic cardiac myocytes (hiPSC-ECMs) and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). First, to generate the prevascularized scaffold, human cardiac microvascular endothelial cells (hCMVECs) and hMSCs were co-cultured onto a 3-D collagen cell carrier (CCC) for 7 days under vasculogenic culture conditions. In this milieu, hCMVECs/hMSCs underwent maturation, differentiation, and morphogenesis characteristic of microvessels, and formed extensive plexuses of vascular networks. Next, the hiPSC-ECMs and hMSCs were co-cultured onto this generated prevascularized CCCs for further 7 or 14 days in myogenic culture conditions. Finally, the vascular and cardiac phenotypic inductions were analyzed at the morphological, immunological, biochemical, molecular, and functional levels. Expression and functional analyses of the differentiated cells revealed neo-angiogenesis and neo-cardiomyogenesis. Thus, our unique 3-D co-culture system provided us the apt in vitro functional vascularized 3-D cardiac patch that can be utilized for cellular cardiomyoplasty. PMID:28194397

  8. Engineering skeletal myoblasts: roles of three-dimensional culture and electrical stimulation. (United States)

    Pedrotty, Dawn M; Koh, Jennifer; Davis, Bryce H; Taylor, Doris A; Wolf, Patrick; Niklason, Laura E


    Immature skeletal muscle cells, or myoblasts, have been used in cellular cardiomyoplasty in attempts to regenerate cardiac muscle tissue by injection of cells into damaged myocardium. In some studies, muscle tissue within myoblast implant sites may be morphologically similar to cardiac muscle. We hypothesized that identifiable aspects of the cardiac milieu may contribute to growth and development of implanted myoblasts in vivo. To test this hypothesis, we designed a novel in vitro system to mimic some aspects of the electrical and biochemical environment of native myocardium. This system enabled us to separate the three-dimensional (3-D) electrical and biochemical signals that may be involved in myoblast proliferation and plasticity. Myoblasts were grown on 3-D polyglycolic acid mesh scaffolds under control conditions, in the presence of cardiac-like electrical current fluxes, or in the presence of culture medium that had been conditioned by mature cardiomyocytes. Cardiac-like electrical current fluxes caused increased myoblast number in 3-D culture, as determined by DNA assay. The increase in cell number was due to increased cellular proliferation and not differences in apoptosis, as determined by proliferating cell nuclear antigen and TdT-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling. Cardiomyocyte-conditioned medium also significantly increased myoblast proliferation. Expression of transcription factors governing differentiation along skeletal or cardiac lineages was evaluated by immunoblotting. Although these assays are qualitative, no changes in differentiation state along skeletal or cardiac lineages were observed in response to electrical current fluxes. Furthermore, from these experiments, conditioned medium did not appear to alter the differentiation state of skeletal myoblasts. Hence, cardiac milieu appears to stimulate proliferation but does not affect differentiation of skeletal myoblasts.

  9. Aptamer-based isolation and subsequent imaging of mesenchymal stem cells in ischemic myocard by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Schaefer, R.; Hermanutz-Klein, U.; Northoff, H. [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische und Experimentelle Transfusionsmedizin; Wiskirchen, J.; Kehlbach, R.; Pintaske, J. [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Guo, K.; Neumann, B.; Voth, V.; Walker, T.; Scheule, A.M.; Greiner, T.O.; Ziemer, G.; Wendel, H.P. [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Abt. fuer Thorax-, Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie; Claussen, C.D. [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Radiologische Universitaetsklinik


    Purpose: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) seem to be a promising cell source for cellular cardiomyoplasty. We recently developed a new aptamer-based specific selection of MSC to provide ''ready to transplant'' cells directly after isolation. We evaluated MRI tracking of newly isolated and freshly transplanted MSC in the heart using one short ex vivo selection step combining specific aptamer-based isolation and labeling of the cells. Materials and Methods: Bone marrow (BM) was collected from healthy pigs. The animals were euthanized and the heart was placed in a perfusion model. During cold ischemia, immunomagnetic isolation of MSC from the BM by MSC-specific aptamers labeled with Dynabeads {sup registered} was performed within 2 h. For histological identification the cells were additionally stained with PKH26. Approx. 3 x 10{sup 6} of the freshly aptamer-isolated cells were injected into the ramus interventricularis anterior (RIVA) and 5 x 10{sup 5} cells were injected directly into myocardial tissue after damaging the respective area by freezing (cryo-scar). 3 x 10{sup 6} of the aptamer-isolated cells were kept for further characterization (FACS and differentiation assays). 20 h after cell transplantation, MRI of the heart using a clinical 3.0 Tesla whole body scanner (Magnetom Trio, Siemens, Germany) was performed followed by histological examinations. Results: The average yield of sorted cells from 120 ml BM was 7 x 10{sup 6} cells. The cells were cultured and showed MSC-like properties. MRI showed reproducible artifacts within the RIVA-perfusion area and the cryo-scar with surprisingly excellent quality. The histological examination of the biopsies showed PKH26-positive cells within the areas which were positive in the MRI in contrast to the control biopsies. Conclusion: Immunomagnetic separation of MSC by specific aptamers linked to magnetic particles is feasible, effective and combines a specific separation and labeling technique to a &apos

  10. Nanotechnology & human stem cells: Applications in cardiogenesis and neurogenesis (United States)

    Tomov, Martin L.

    was ever before possible. My research has made fundamental contributions to the stem cell field by detailed analysis of uniformly generated 3D stem cell intermediates that are embryoid bodies. I have also contributed to the derivation of the first fully characterized ethnically diverse induced pluripotent stem cells from minority populations (ED-iPSCs), and advances in generating functional beating cardiomyocytes in vitro to aid cardiomyoplasty therapies. My work has also explored scaffolds for directing neural cell assembly or encouraging self-assembly for applications in CNS neurodegeneration, addiction, and spinal cord injury. These contributions to the field are outlined in my Specific Aims below and detailed in the chapters of my thesis.

  11. 阳离子脂质体介导增强型绿色荧光蛋白质粒转染骨骼肌卫星细胞%Cationic liposome-mediated enhanced green fluorescent protein plasmid transferred into skeletal muscle satellite cells

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    许志锋; 李敬来; 韩振; 冯钢; 任明明


    BACKGROUND:Skeletal muscle satel ite cells are totipotential stem cells with multi-directional differentiation potential, locate in skeletal muscle interstitium, have a certain tolerance to ischemia and hypoxia, and are important cells in stem cellengineering. OBJECTIVE:To establish a thrifty, convenient culture procedure and create a simple, efficient method to transfect skeletal muscle satel ite cells, and investigate genetic expression after the transfection for cellular cardiomyoplasty. METHODS:Skeletal muscle satel ite cells were isolated from rabbit thigh and cultured. Their growth curves were determined by CKK-8 method. Grouped by different proportions of the plasmid and liposome, skeletal muscle satel ite cells were transfered by the enhanced green fluorescent protein plasmid based on liposome. After transfection, the efficiency and character of target genetic expression was determined. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Satel ite cells were isolated, cultured and transfected successful y. In suitable ratio of plasmid and liposomes, the transfection efficiency reached up to above 35%. The target protein was expressed within 12 hours after transfection, reached maximum in 48-72 hours and decreased gradual y after one week. The expression stil could be observed two weeks latter. The enhanced green fluorescent protein plasmid conducted by cationic liposome could be transfered into skeletal muscle satel ite cells efficiently. The transfection efficiency was correlated closely to the ratio of plasmid and lipofectamine. The change of target gene expression depended on time.%背景:骨骼肌卫星细胞是一种具有多向分化能力的全能干细胞,存在于骨骼肌间质中,对缺血、缺氧有一定的耐受力,是干细胞工程中重要来源细胞。  目的:为联合基因工程细胞心肌成形治疗初步探讨较为简便、经济的骨骼肌卫星细胞体外培养方法,建立一种简单、高效的转染骨骼肌卫星细胞的方法及

  12. Células troncales (stem cells y regeneración cardíaca Stem cells and cardiac regeneration

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    María Inés Pérez Millán


    Full Text Available Las células troncales carecen de marcadores de diferenciación, tienen gran capacidad proliferativa, pueden automantener la población, producen progenies de células progenitoras y participan en la regeneración de tejidos. Los tejidos de un individuo tienen capacidad de regeneración, que a veces está ligada a la presencia de células troncales. La medicina regenerativa plantea la terapia celular como una alternativa para el tratamiento de diversas enfermedades, incluyendo las cardíacas (cardiomioplastia celular. Las células a usar pueden provenir de distintas fuentes, entre ellas las células troncales de origen cardíaco o extracardíaco. La médula ósea es una de las fuentes más importantes de células troncales extracardíacas, que podrían contribuir a obtener células cardíacas por diversos mecanismos (transdiferenciación, fusión o transferencia a través de estructuras nanotubulares. En los últimos años, diversas publicaciones refieren la existencia de células troncales nativas cardíacas, caracterizadas por la presencia de distintos marcadores. Se plantea también la alternativa del uso de factores de crecimiento para producir la movilización de células troncales. El individuo adulto posee células con alta potencialidad, surgidas en estadios embrionarios antes o después de la determinación en las capas germinales, y mantenidas hasta la adultez que, bajo condiciones apropiadas de manipulación, permita su utlización en la medicina regenerativa.Stem cells are defined by virtue of their functional attributes: absence of tissue specific differentitated markers, capable of proliferation, able to self-maintain the population, able to produce a large number of differentiated, functional progeny, able to regenerate the tissue after injury. Cell therapy is an alternative for the treatment of several diseases, like cardiac diseases (cell cardiomyoplasty. A variety of stem cells could be used for cardiac repair: from cardiac and

  13. Ventriculectomia parcial: um novo conceito no tratamento cirúrgico de cardiopatias em fase final Partial ventriculectomy: a new concept for surgical treatment of end stage cardiopathies

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    Randas J. V Batista


    Full Text Available A melhora clínica da função cardíaca pós aneurismectomia de ventrículo esquerdo e/ou cardiomioplastia com o músculo grande dorsal parece ser, ao menos parcialmente, devida ao remodelamento do ventrículo esquerdo. Através de pesquisa em nosso laboratório experimental com carneiros, demonstramos que o aumento do diâmetro do ventrículo é mais importante que a perda de massa muscular para a deterioração da função ventricular. Sabendo-se que em miocardiopatia dilatada não ocorre aumento de massa muscular, reduzimos o diâmetro do ventrículo para o normal, em uma série consecutiva de pacientes com esta lesão. No período de 1984 a 1995, foram operados com esta nova técnica, denominada, então, "Ventriculectomia Parcial", 103 pacientes portadores de miocardiopatias complexas e insuficiência cardíaca congestiva (NYHA IV. A operação é baseada na lei de Laplace (T=P.11.D e consistiu na remoção de uma fatia de músculo da parede lateral do ventrículo esquerdo, iniciando-se na ponta deste, estendendo-se entre os músculos papilares e terminando próximo ao anel mitral. A cirurgia é realizada sob circulação extracorpórea normotérmica e não se utiliza cardioplegia. "Todos os pacientes foram avaliados pré-operatoriamente com ecodopplercardiografia e ventriculografia digital, os quais revelaram fração de ejeção The clinical improvement of cardiac function post left ventricular aneurysmectomy and/or cardiomyoplasty with the latissimus dorsi muscle seems to be due to the remodeling of the left ventricle. We did some experiments with sheep in our laboratory and we concluded that the increment of ventricular diameter is more deleterious than loss of muscle mass to the ventricular function. Since there is no increment in muscle mass to the dilated hearts, we reduced their diameter to accomplish a better ventricular function in a series of very sick patients with dilated hearts. From 1984 to 1995, 103 patients with complex

  14. An invention of thermo-responsive polymer surface, yielding cell sheet based regenerative therapies in cardiology and ophthalmology

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    Sawa Y


    can be easily detached as a single contiguous cell sheet. The alteration of the surface from a hydrophobic to a hydrophilic state with the lowering of the temperature from 37 °C to 20 °C enables this easy separation which is the unique feature of this technology [2]. Different kinds of cells have been shown to adhere to, spread over the PIPAAm gel modified TCPS (PIPAAm-TCPS and grow as cell sheets without any change in their respective phenotypes [2]. Inter-Disciplinary-Interaction: I, based on the Invention: Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in the world. In 2010, 29.6% of all deaths worldwide were caused by cardiovascular diseases [3]. Conventional medical strategies for the treatment of heart failure resulting from myocardial infarction do not attempt to correct the underlying cause (i.e. loss of viable myocardial tissue, thereby raising the need for strategies aimed at myocardial regeneration and repair. At the other end of the spectrum, cardiac transplantation provides radical therapy, however, the donor organ shortage and strict eligibility criteria, mandate alternative treatments when a substantial portion of the myocardium has been destroyed. In this context, cellular cardiomyoplasty using cells and stem cells have been emerging as a possible means of regenerating damaged myocardium by preventing myocardial necrosis and promoting angiogenesis and myogenesis. Different kinds of cells and stem cells have been employed for treating heart failure. For instance, a team led by Prof. Cherian has employed granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF induced peripheral blood derived CD34+ endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs or iliac crest bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (MNCs in treating 104 patients suffering from ischemic/dilated cardiomyopathy (autologus EPCs: 19 patients including allogenic paternal EPCs for one patient, autologus MNCs: 90 patients at Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai, India. A clinical trial was registered (CTRI