TORONTO, Ont., Canada, December 14, 2016 -- Scientists here ave developed the first functional pacemaker cells
from human stem cells, paving the way for alternate, biological pacemaker therapy.
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Ordinary heart cells have been reprogrammed by researchers to become exact replicas of highly specialized pacemaker cells
by injecting a single gene (Tbx18)--a major step forward in the decade-long search for a biological therapy to correct erratic and failing heartbeats.
If subsequent research confirms and supports findings of the pacemaker cell
studies, the researchers said they believe therapy might be administered by injecting Tbx18 into a patient's heart or by creating pacemaker cells
in the laboratory and transplanting them into the heart.
Reduction and dysfunction of ICC could result in a decrease in slow wave activity in the colon, and block information transmission between intestinal nervous system and smooth muscle cells, delaying electrical excitement transmission between pacemaker cells
and smooth muscle cells, and resulting in decreased contractility of smooth muscle cells, colonic motility disorder, and fecal transit delay.
The pacemaker frequency did increase dramatically between 4- and 8-day-old rhopalia, and it would probably increase further as it gained in size and number of pacemaker cells
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The heart is the first organ that forms during development and contains four different regions (ventricles and atria), which contain different cells that perform specialized functions: the beating cardiomyocytes ensure the pumping activity, vascular cells represent the inner lining and blood vessels and the pacemaker cells
set the heartbeat.
Specialized pacemaker cells
are found naturally in the heart.
The question to be raised is how the renewal of a piece of myocardium follows the time line of picking up cell types in series: cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, fibro blast, pacemaker cells
, conducting and Purkinje cells to bring the orchestration of rhythmically contracting and relaxing heart.
Cell transplantation into the patient ventricles for regenerative therapy of heart failure would require a pure population of ventricular myocytes, and the contamination of pacemaker cells
in the cell product will bring the concern for cardiac arrhythmias after transplantation .
Pure human iPSC derived cardiomyocytes, (Cor.4U), are a defined mixture of atrial, ventricular and pacemaker cells
. A ventricular cardiomyocyte subpopulation product, (CorV.4U), was recently launched.