Efficient generation of functional cardiomyocytes from human umbilical cord-derived virus-free induced pluripotent stem cells.

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Summary of "Efficient generation of functional cardiomyocytes from human umbilical cord-derived virus-free induced pluripotent stem cells."

We have previously demonstrated that human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) can differentiate into cardiomyocyte-like cells. However, no contracting cells were observed during differentiation. In this study, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from UC-MSCs using mRNA reprogramming and focused on the differentiation of reprogrammed iPSCs into functional cardiomyocytes. For cardiac differentiation, the spontaneously contracting cell clusters were present on day 8 of differentiation. Immunostaining studies and cardiac-specific gene expression confirmed the cardiomyocyte phenotype of the differentiated cells. Electrophysiology studies indicated that iPSCs derived from UC-MSCs had a capacity for differentiation into nodal-, atrial-, and ventricular-like phenotypes based on action potential characteristics, and the derived cardiomyocytes exhibited responsiveness to β-adrenergic and muscarinic stimulations. Moreover, the derived cardiomyocytes displayed spontaneous intracellular Ca transients. These results demonstrate that functional cardiomyocytes can be generated from reprogrammed UC-MSCs, and the methodology described here will serve as a useful protocol to obtain functional cardiomyocytes from human mesenchymal stem cells.


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Name: Cell and tissue research
ISSN: 1432-0878


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