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Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


ISSN (Print): 1389-2010
ISSN (Online): 1873-4316

Mini-Review Article

Comprehensive Cardiac Safety Assessment using hiPS-cardiomyocytes (Consortium for Safety Assessment using Human iPS Cells: CSAHi)

Author(s): Kiyoshi Takasuna*, Katsuyuki Kazusa and Tomohiro Hayakawa

Volume 21, Issue 9, 2020

Page: [829 - 841] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1389201020666191024172425

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Current cardiac safety assessment platforms (in vitro hERG-centric, APD, and/or in vivo animal QT assays) are not fully predictive of drug-induced Torsades de Pointes (TdP) and do not address other mechanism-based arrhythmia, including ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, or cardiac safety liabilities such as contractile and structural cardiotoxicity which are another growing safety concerns. We organized the Consortium for Safety Assessment using Human iPS cells (CSAHi; in 2013, based on the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA), to verify the application of human iPS/ES cell-derived cardiomyocytes for drug safety evaluation. The CSAHi HEART team focused on comprehensive screening strategies to predict a diverse range of cardiotoxicities using recently introduced platforms such as the Multi-Electrode Array (MEA), cellular impedance, Motion Field Imaging (MFI), and optical imaging of Ca transient to identify strengths and weaknesses of each platform. Our study showed that hiPS-CMs used in these platforms could detect pharmacological responses that were more relevant to humans compared to existing hERG, APD, or Langendorff (MAPD/contraction) assays. Further, MEA and other methods such as impedance, MFI, and Ca transient assays provided paradigm changes of platforms for predicting drug-induced QT risk and/or arrhythmia or contractile dysfunctions. In contrast, since discordances such as overestimation (false positive) of arrhythmogenicity, oversight, or opposite conclusions in positive inotropic and negative chronotropic activities to some compounds were also confirmed, possibly due to their functional immaturity of hiPS-CMs, hiPS-CMs should be used in these platforms for cardiac safety assessment based upon their advantages and disadvantages.

Keywords: hiPS, cardiomyocyte, MEA, impedance, motion field imaging, Ca transient, CSAHi.

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