Ramin E. Beygui, M.D.

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  • Expression of cardiomyocytic markers on adipose tissue-derived cells in a murine model of acute myocardial injury CYTOTHERAPY Strem, B. M., Zhu, M., Alfonso, Z., Daniels, E. J., Schreiber, R., Begyui, R., MacLellan, W. R., Hedrick, M. H., Fraser, J. K. 2005; 7 (3): 282-291


    Animal and early clinical studies have provided evidence suggesting that intracoronary administration of autologous bone marrow-derived cells results in improved outcome following myocardial infarction. Animal studies with cultured marrow stromal cells (MSC) have provided similar data. Cells with properties that are similar to MSC have been identified in adipose tissue. Other groups have demonstrated in vivo differentiation of adipose tissue-derived cells (ADC) into cells exhibiting biochemical and functional markers of cardiac myocytes, including spontaneous beating. Based on these observations, the objective of the present study was to determine whether ADC might undergo similar differentiation in vivo in the context of myocardial injury.ADC were isolated from subcutaneous adipose tissue of Rosa26 mice (which express the beta-galactosidase transgene in almost every tissue) and injected into the intraventricular chamber of B6129S recipient mice immediately following induction of myocardial cryoinjury. Groups of recipients were euthanized at 24 hours, 7 and 14 days post surgery and examined for the presence of donor-derived cells within the heart.Beta-gal positive cells were identified in the infarcts of ADC-treated animals. No staining was observed in uninjured myocardium or in infarcts of control animals. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed co-expression of beta-gal with Myosin Heavy Chain, Nkx2.5 and with Troponin I. Co-expression of beta-galactosidase with Connexin 43, CD31, von Willebrand factor, MyoD or CD45 was not detected.Thus, these data indicate that adipose tissue contains a population of cells that has the ability to engraft injured myocardium and that this engraftment is associated with expression of cardiomyocytic markers by donor-derived cells.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/14653240510027226

    View details for Web of Science ID 000230988200010

    View details for PubMedID 16081355

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