Library - Myocardial infarction

J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2011 Apr;4(2):145-53. doi: 10.1007/s12265-010-9246-y. Epub 2010 Nov 30.

Adipose-derived stem cells for myocardial infarction.

Mazo M1Gavira JJPelacho BProsper F.

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Hematology and Cell Therapy and Foundation for Applied Medical Research, Division of Cancer, University of Navarra, Av. Pío XII 36, Pamplona, Spain.


In recent years, stem cell treatment of myocardial infarction has elicited great enthusiasm upon scientists and physicians alike, thus making the finding of a suitable cell a compulsory subject for modern medicine. Due to its potential, accessibility and efficiency of harvesting, adipose tissue has become one of the most attractive sources of stem cells for regenerative therapies. The differentiation capacity and the paracrine activity of these cells has made them an optimal candidate for the treatment of a diverse range of diseases from immunological disorders as graft versus host disease to cardiovascular pathologies like peripheral ischemia. In this review, we will focus on the use of stem cells derived from adiposetissue for treatment of myocardial infarction, with special attention to their putative in vivo mechanisms of action.

Regen Med. 2012 Nov;7(6 Suppl):17-24.

Key developments in stem cell therapy in cardiology.

Schulman IH1Hare JM.

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1Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.


A novel therapeutic strategy to prevent or reverse ventricular remodeling, the substrate for heart failure and arrhythmias following a myocardial infarction, is the use of cell-based therapy. Successful cell-based tissue regeneration involves a complex orchestration of cellular and molecular events that include stem cell engraftment and differentiation, secretion of anti-inflammatory and angiogenic mediators, and proliferation of endogenous cardiac stem cells. Recent therapeutic approaches involve bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells and mesenchymal stem cells,adipose tissue-derived stem cells, cardiac-derived stem cells and cell combinations. Clinical trials employing mesenchymal stem cells and cardiac- derived stem cells have demonstrated efficacy in infarct size reduction and regional wall contractility improvement. Regarding delivery methods, the safety of catheter-based, transendocardial stem cell injection has been established. These proof-of-concept studies have paved the way for ongoing pivotal trials. Future studies will focus on determining the most efficacious cell type(s) and/or cell combinations and the mechanisms underlying their therapeutic effects.

J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2014 Oct;7(7):651-63. doi: 10.1007/s12265-014-9585-1. Epub 2014 Sep 10.

Application of adipose-derived stem cells in heart disease.

Chen L1Qin FGe MShu QXu J.


Therapy with mesenchymal stem cells is one of the promising tools to improve outcomes after myocardial infarction. Adipose-derived stem cells(ASCs) are an ideal source of mesenchymal stem cells due to their abundance and ease of preparation. Studies in animal models of myocardial infarction have demonstrated the ability of injected ASCs to engraft and differentiate into cardiomyocytes and vasculature cells. ASCs secrete a wide array of angiogenic and anti-apoptotic paracrine factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor, hepatocyte growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor 1. ASCs are capable of enhancing heart function, reducing myocardial infarction, promoting vascularization, and reversing remodeling in the ischemically injured hearts. Furthermore, several ongoing clinical trials using ASCs are producing promising results for heart diseases. This article reviews the isolation, differentiation, immunoregulatory properties, mechanisms of action, animal models, and ongoing clinical trials of ASCs for cardiac disease