Latest Myocyte Stories
New research reveals new developments to reprogram scar tissue, that is a result from myocardial infarction (MI), into heart muscle cells. Scientists believe the new approach is a "game changer" with potential to revolutionise treatment of MI.
Stem cell researchers at UCLA have uncovered for the first time why adult human cardiac myocytes have lost their ability to proliferate, perhaps explaining why the human heart has little regenerative capacity.
Cardiac stem cells â€” even in elderly and sick patients â€” could generate new heart muscle and vessel tissue and be used to treat heart failure.
Humans have very limited ability to regenerate heart muscle cells, which is a key reason why heart attacks that kill cells and scar heart tissue are so dangerous.
Twenty percent of American deaths each year are caused by heart attack or angina, sometimes without any warning.
A common chemical used in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries can repair damage to cardiac muscle cell membranes and prevent heart failure in mice with the genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School.