Feb 9, 2017

Defined Engineered Human Myocardium With Advanced Maturation for Applications in Heart Failure Modeling and Repair

Circulation
Malte TiburcyWolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann

Abstract

Advancing structural and functional maturation of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes remains a key challenge for applications in disease modeling, drug screening, and heart repair. Here, we sought to advance cardiomyocyte maturation in engineered human myocardium (EHM) toward an adult phenotype under defined conditions. We systematically investigated cell composition, matrix, and media conditions to generate EHM from embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts with organotypic functionality under serum-free conditions. We used morphological, functional, and transcriptome analyses to benchmark maturation of EHM. EHM demonstrated important structural and functional properties of postnatal myocardium, including: (1) rod-shaped cardiomyocytes with M bands assembled as a functional syncytium; (2) systolic twitch forces at a similar level as observed in bona fide postnatal myocardium; (3) a positive force-frequency response; (4) inotropic responses to β-adrenergic stimulation mediated via canonical β1- and β2-adrenoceptor signaling pathways; and (5) evidence for advanced molecular maturation by transcriptome profiling. EHM responded to chronic catecholamine toxicity with contractile dysfunction, c...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Embryo
Biochemical Pathway
Depression, Postpartum
MRNA Maturation
Printing, Three-Dimensional
Giant Cells
Specimen Type - Fibroblasts
Pluripotent Stem Cells
Left Ventricle Remodeling
Catecholamine [EPC]

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