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Current Tissue Engineering (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 2211-5420
ISSN (Online): 2211-5439

Review Article

Realising Heart Regeneration

Author(s): G. Gangatharan and C. Jopling

Volume 3 , Issue 2 , 2014

Page: [82 - 92] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/221154200302150120143157

Price: $65


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the western world. In the future, it is predicted that heart disease will kill more people than AIDS and all types of cancers combined. Unfortunately, the adult human heart is incapable of mounting a significant regenerative response after a myocardial infarction. However, a number of different avenues of research have arisen aimed at rectifying this situation. With their ability to differentiate into functional cardiomyocytes, pluripotent stem cells offer great promise for the field of heart regeneration. If the right conditions can be found, it may be possible to graft these cells into a damaged heart to replace lost cardiomyocytes. More recently endogenous cardiac progenitor cells have also been identified which could potentially be stimulated into effecting a regenerative response. Lastly, animal models such as zebrafish and neonatal mice, in which cardiac regeneration occurs naturally via cardiomyocyte proliferation, could yield clues on how to induce this process in adults. This review will cover recent advances in these different aspects of heart regeneration with a particular highlight on endogenous regenerative mechanisms and how these could be used to trigger a similar process in adult mammals.

Keywords: Cardiac progenitor cell, cardiomyocytes, proliferation, regeneration, stem cell.

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