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Stem Cell Treatments for Heart Disease is an Option

Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Disease

Cardiovascular diseases remain the biggest cause of deaths worldwide, though over the last two decades, cardiovascular mortality rates have declined in many high-income countries but have increased at an astonishingly fast rate in low- and middle-income countries. The percentage of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease range from 4% in high-income countries to 42% in low-income countries. More than 17 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008. Each year, heart disease kills more Americans than cancer. In recent years, cardiovascular risk in women has been increasing and has killed more women than breast cancer.

Measures to prevent cardiovascular disease may include:

  • Keeping unapposed simple carbohydrates under control, no matter what type: fruit, bread, dairy, etc.
  • decrease emotional stress, or how you react to the environment (traffic, work, deadlines, lifestyle, etc.)
  • a low fat high fiber diet including whole grains and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day)
  • a diet high in complex vegetables and colorful fruit
  • tobacco cessation;
  • limit alcohol consumption;
  • lower blood pressures if elevated through diet and exercise;
  • decrease body fat (BMI);
  • increase daily activity to 30 minutes of any kind of exercise per day at least five times per week

Stem Cell Heart Disease

A fairly recent emphasis is on the link between low-grade inflammation that hallmarks atherosclerosis and its possible interventions. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a common inflammatory marker that has been found to be present in increased levels in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. Also osteoprotegerin which is involved with regulation of a key inflammatory transcription factor called NF-κB has been found to be a risk factor of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Studies have shown that Stem Cells have shown the ability to reduce inflammation.

Stem Cell Treatments for Heart Disease is an Option at ASCI

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Related Articles Effect of Endometrial Stem Cell-derived Cytokine Cocktail on a Mouse Model of Myocardial Reperfusion Injury. Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. 2016 06 10;38(3):253-9 Authors: Jiang Z, Jia ZS, Pan YJ, Li AJ, Wei F Abstract Objective To study the effect of endometrial stem cells (EnSCs) derived cytokine cocktail (EdCC) on myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury (I/R) in a mouse model. Methods EdCC was concentrated from the culture medium of EnSCs with Millipore ultra-filtration technology and was administrated to a myocardial I/R mouse models through tail vein injection. The infarct area was determined by TTC/Evans Blue staining. The apoptotic cells were counted by TUNEL assay and the protein level of cleaved caspase 3 was evaluated by Western blotting. Results The EdCC extraction efficiency was (222.4±29.3) Μg/10(6) cells in every 24 h,but the protein gradually degraded under-80 ℃ storage. As compared with I/R group,100 Μg fresh EdCC decreased infarct area (P=0.001),reduced apoptotic nuclei in the infarct border (P=0.019),and inhibited cleaved caspase 3 expression (P=0.002). Increasing EdCC dosage did not further reduce the infarct area. The myocardial protective effect of EdCC diminished after 90 days' storage under-80 ℃. Conclusion EdCC reduces myocardial I/R injury through protecting cardiomyocytes from apoptosis within 30 days storage under-80 ℃. PMID: 27469907 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related Articles The RENEW Trial: Efficacy and Safety of Intramyocardial Autologous CD34(+) Cell Administration in Patients With Refractory Angina. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2016 Aug 08;9(15):1576-85 Authors: Povsic TJ, Henry TD, Traverse JH, Fortuin FD, Schaer GL, Kereiakes DJ, Schatz RA, Zeiher AM, White CJ, Stewart DJ, Jolicoeur EM, Bass T, Henderson DA, Dignacco P, Gu Z, Al-Khalidi HR, Junge C, Nada A, Hunt AS, Losordo DW, RENEW Investigators Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study tested whether intramyocardial (IM) administration of mobilized, purified autologous CD34(+) cells would improve total exercise time (TET) and angina frequency in patients with refractory angina. BACKGROUND: IM administration of autologous CD34(+) cells has been associated consistently with improvements in functional capacity and angina symptoms in early phase clinical trials. METHODS: RENEW (Efficacy and Safety of Targeted Intramyocardial Delivery of Auto CD34+ Stem Cells for Improving Exercise Capacity in Subjects With Refractory Angina) was a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial comparing IM CD34(+) administration with no intervention (open-label standard of care) or IM placebo injections (active control). The primary efficacy endpoint was change in TET at 12 months. Key secondary endpoints include changes in angina frequency at 3, 6, and 12 months, and TET at 3 and 6 months. The key safety analysis was the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events through 24 months. RESULTS: The sponsor terminated the study for strategic considerations after enrollment of 112 of planned 444 patients. The difference in TET between patients treated with cell therapy versus placebo was 61.0 s at 3 months (95% confidence interval (CI): -2.9 to 124.8; p = 0.06), 46.2 s at 6 months (95% CI: -28.0 to 120.4; p = 0.22), and 36.6 s at 12 months (95% CI: -56.1 to 129.2; p = 0.43); angina frequency was improved at 6 months (relative risk: 0.63; p = 0.05). Autologous CD34(+) cell therapy seemed to be safe compared with both open-label standard of care and active control (major adverse cardiovascular events 67.9% [standard of care], 42.9% (active control), 46.0% [CD34(+)]). CONCLUSIONS: Due to early termination, RENEW was an incomplete experiment; however, the results were consistent with observations from earlier phase studies. These findings underscore the need for a definitive trial. (Efficacy and Safety of Targeted Intramyocardial Delivery of Auto CD34(+) Stem Cells for Improving Exercise Capacity in Subjects With Refractory Angina [RENEW]: NCT01508910). PMID: 27491607 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related Articles Stiff matrix induces switch to pure β-cardiac myosin heavy chain expression in human ESC-derived cardiomyocytes. Basic Res Cardiol. 2016 Nov;111(6):68 Authors: Weber N, Schwanke K, Greten S, Wendland M, Iorga B, Fischer M, Geers-Knörr C, Hegermann J, Wrede C, Fiedler J, Kempf H, Franke A, Piep B, Pfanne A, Thum T, Martin U, Brenner B, Zweigerdt R, Kraft T Abstract Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes hold great potential for in vitro modeling of diseases like cardiomyopathies. Yet, knowledge about expression and functional impact of sarcomeric protein isoforms like the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) in hPSC-cardiomyocytes is scarce. We hypothesized that ventricular β-MyHC expression alters contraction and calcium kinetics and drives morphological and electrophysiological differentiation towards ventricular-like cardiomyocytes. To address this, we (1) generated human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) that switched towards exclusive β-MyHC, and (2) functionally and morphologically characterized these hESC-CMs at the single-cell level. MyHC-isoforms and functional properties were investigated during prolonged in vitro culture of cardiomyocytes in floating cardiac bodies (soft conditions) vs. culture on a stiff matrix. Using a specific anti-β-MyHC and a newly generated anti-α-MyHC-antibody, we found individual cardiomyocytes grown in cardiac bodies to mostly express both α- and β-MyHC-protein isoforms. Yet, 35 and 75 days of cultivation on laminin-coated glass switched 66 and 87 % of all cardiomyocytes to exclusively express β-MyHC, respectively. Twitch contraction and calcium transients were faster for CMs on laminin-glass. Surprisingly, both parameters were only little affected by the MyHC-isoform, although hESC-CMs with only β-MyHC had much lower ATP-turnover and tension cost, just as in human ventricular cardiomyocytes. Spontaneous contractions and no strict coupling of β-MyHC to ventricular-like action potentials suggest that MyHC-isoform expression does not fully determine the hESC-CM differentiation status. Stiff substrate-induced pure β-MyHC-protein expression in hESC-CMs, with several contractile parameters close to ventricular cardiomyocytes, provides a well-defined in vitro system for modeling of cardiomyopathies and drug screening approaches. PMID: 27743117 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related Articles Sex differences in vascular physiology and pathophysiology: estrogen and androgen signaling in health and disease. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2017 Sep 01;313(3):H524-H545 Authors: Boese AC, Kim SC, Yin KJ, Lee JP, Hamblin MH Abstract Sex differences between women and men are often overlooked and underappreciated when studying the cardiovascular system. It has been long assumed that men and women are physiologically similar, and this notion has resulted in women being clinically evaluated and treated for cardiovascular pathophysiological complications as men. Currently, there is increased recognition of fundamental sex differences in cardiovascular function, anatomy, cell signaling, and pathophysiology. The National Institutes of Health have enacted guidelines expressly to gain knowledge about ways the sexes differ in both normal function and diseases at the various research levels (molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ system). Greater understanding of these sex differences will be used to steer future directions in the biomedical sciences and translational and clinical research. This review describes sex-based differences in the physiology and pathophysiology of the vasculature, with a special emphasis on sex steroid receptor (estrogen and androgen receptor) signaling and their potential impact on vascular function in health and diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis, hypertension, peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, cerebral aneurysms, and stroke). PMID: 28626075 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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