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A novel therapeutic advancement in the search for heart muscle progenitor cells
Date:11/26/2012

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Researchers have long tried to stimulate the regeneration of heart muscle cells. For this purpose, they inject stem cells or stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes into the heart. Although the majority of studies found a slight improvement in heart function, in most cases, neither long-term integration nor the differentiation of the cells into heart muscle has been demonstrated.

The result of the group from Schenke-Layland, Nsair and MacLellan provides the first opportunity to generate functioning heart muscle cells, which integrate into the heart muscle. "We are currently focusing on research with human iPS cells. If we can show that cardiovascular progenitor cells can be derived from human iPS cells that have the ability to mature into functional heart muscle, we will have discovered a truly therapeudic solution for heart attack patients", hopes the scientist.


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Contact: Katja Schenke-Layland
katja.schenke-layland@igb.fraunhofer.de
49-711-970-4082
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Source:Eurekalert  

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