Embryonic stem cells overexpressing Pitx2c engraft in infarcted myocardium and improve cardiac function

A. K. Guddati, José Javier Otero, Eric Kessler, Gary Aistrup, J. Andrew Wasserstrom, Xiaoqiang Han, Matthew J. Webber, Samuel I Stupp, Jon W. Lomasney, John A. Kessler

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects on cardiomyocyte differentiation of embryonic stem cells by the overexpression of the transcription factor, Pitx2c, and examined the effects of transplantation of these differentiated cells on cardiac function in a mouse model of myocardial infarction. Pitx2c overexpressing embryonic stem cells were characterized for cardiac differentiation by immunocytochemistry, RNA analysis, and electrophysiology. Differentiated cells were transplanted by directed injection into the infarcted murine myocardium and functional measurements of blood pressure, contractility, and relaxation were performed. Histochemistry and FISH analysis performed on these mice confirmed the engraftment and cardiac nature of the transplanted cells. Pitx2c overexpressing embryonic stem cells robustly differentiated into spontaneously contracting cells which acquired cardiac protein markers and exhibited action potentials resembling that of cardiomyocytes. These cells could also be synchronized to an external pacemaker. Significant improvements (P <0.01) in blood pressure (56%), contractility (57%), and relaxation (59%) were observed in infarcted mice with transplants of these differentiated cells but not in mice which were transplanted with control cells. The Pitx2c overexpressing cells secrete paracrine factors which when adsorbed onto a heparinated gel and injected into the infarcted myocardium produce a comparable and significant (P <0.01) functional recovery. Pitx2c overexpression is a valuable method for producing cardiomyocytes from embryonic stem cells, and transplantation of these cardiomyocytes into infracted myocardium restores cardiac function through multiple mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-799
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Heart Journal
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Embryonic Stem Cells
Myocardium
Cardiac Myocytes
Blood Pressure
Electrophysiology
Cell Transplantation
Stem Cell Transplantation
Action Potentials
Transcription Factors
Gels
Immunohistochemistry
Myocardial Infarction
RNA
Transplants
Injections
Proteins

Keywords

  • Cardiac differentiation
  • Cell transplantation
  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Pitx2c

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Guddati, A. K., Otero, J. J., Kessler, E., Aistrup, G., Wasserstrom, J. A., Han, X., ... Kessler, J. A. (2009). Embryonic stem cells overexpressing Pitx2c engraft in infarcted myocardium and improve cardiac function. International Heart Journal, 50(6), 783-799. https://doi.org/10.1536/ihj.50.783

Embryonic stem cells overexpressing Pitx2c engraft in infarcted myocardium and improve cardiac function. / Guddati, A. K.; Otero, José Javier; Kessler, Eric; Aistrup, Gary; Wasserstrom, J. Andrew; Han, Xiaoqiang; Webber, Matthew J.; Stupp, Samuel I; Lomasney, Jon W.; Kessler, John A.

In: International Heart Journal, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2009, p. 783-799.

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Guddati, AK, Otero, JJ, Kessler, E, Aistrup, G, Wasserstrom, JA, Han, X, Webber, MJ, Stupp, SI, Lomasney, JW & Kessler, JA 2009, 'Embryonic stem cells overexpressing Pitx2c engraft in infarcted myocardium and improve cardiac function', International Heart Journal, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 783-799. https://doi.org/10.1536/ihj.50.783
Guddati, A. K. ; Otero, José Javier ; Kessler, Eric ; Aistrup, Gary ; Wasserstrom, J. Andrew ; Han, Xiaoqiang ; Webber, Matthew J. ; Stupp, Samuel I ; Lomasney, Jon W. ; Kessler, John A. / Embryonic stem cells overexpressing Pitx2c engraft in infarcted myocardium and improve cardiac function. In: International Heart Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 50, No. 6. pp. 783-799.
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