Latest Myocyte Stories

2012-04-05 05:17:13

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- 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. "Our ultimate hope is that, during the acute period following MI, patients will be able to receive direct injections of factors that transform the existing fibroblast cells in the "scar" into new myocytes.  The...

2011-08-09 12:14:34

Study has implications for reprogramming human cardiac myocytes to replace damaged heart muscle 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. The study, done in cell lines and mice, may lead to methods of reprogramming a patient's own cardiac myocytes within the heart itself to create new muscle to repair damage, said Dr. Robb...

2010-11-17 17:28:36

Study Highlights:     * Ample and viable cardiac stem cells can be isolated from elderly and sick patients with heart disease and diabetes.    * It may be possible to treat heart failure patients with their own stem cells.    * An unrelated study notes that an aging heart can generate new cells at a substantial rate. Cardiac stem cells "” even in elderly and sick patients "” could generate new heart muscle and vessel tissue and be used...

2010-03-24 16:51:47

DURHAM, N.C. "“ 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. But damaged heart muscles in the amazing, highly regenerative zebrafish have given Duke University Medical Center scientists a few ideas that may lead to new directions in clinical research and better therapy after heart attacks. "Our hearts don't seem so complex that they shouldn't have the capacity to...

2009-04-28 08:25:00

TAU research produces new non-invasive procedure to predict and treat attacks Twenty percent of American deaths each year are caused by heart attack or angina, sometimes without any warning. But thanks to new research from Dr. Sharon Zlochiver of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, there's new hope for potential heart attack victims. By looking at the electrical activity coupling two types of heart muscle cells, Dr. Zlochiver has discovered a new way of...

2005-07-18 05:35:21

ANN ARBOR, Mich. "“ 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. The mutation in the dystrophin gene causes the progressive deterioration of skeletal muscles seen in people with MD. But the mutation affects cardiac muscle, too. Many people...

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