Generation of Human Cardiomyocytes: A Differentiation Protocol from Feeder-free Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

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Abstract

In order to investigate the events driving heart development and to determine the molecular mechanisms leading to myocardial diseases in humans, it is essential first to generate functional human cardiomyocytes (CMs). The use of these cells in drug discovery and toxicology studies would also be highly beneficial, allowing new pharmacological molecules for the treatment of cardiac disorders to be validated pre-clinically on cells of human origin. Of the possible sources of CMs, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are among the most promising, as they can be derived directly from readily accessible patient tissue and possess an intrinsic capacity to give rise to all cell types of the body 1. Several methods have been proposed for differentiating iPS cells into CMs, ranging from the classical embryoid bodies (EBs) aggregation approach to chemically defined protocols 2,3. In this article we propose an EBs-based protocol and show how this method can be employed to efficiently generate functional CM-like cells from feeder-free iPS cells.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of visualized experiments : JoVE
Issue number76
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cardiac differentiation
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cell cultur
  • Cell lines
  • Cellular biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Disease modeling
  • Embryoid bodies
  • Genetics
  • Human cardiomyocytes
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Ips cells
  • Issue 76
  • Medicine
  • Molecular biology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Stem cell research
  • Stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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