Lessons for cardiac regeneration and repair through development

Trends Mol Med. 2010 Sep;16(9):426-34. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2010.06.003. Epub 2010 Aug 5.


Cell-based regenerative strategies have the potential to revolutionize the way cardiovascular injury is treated, but successful therapies will require a precise understanding of the mechanisms that dictate cell fate, survival and differentiation. Recent advances in the study of cardiac development hold promise for unlocking the keys for successful therapies. Using mouse models and embryonic stem cells, researchers are uncovering cardiac progenitor cells in both embryonic and adult contexts. Furthermore, the signaling molecules and transcriptional regulators that govern these cells and their behavior are being revealed. Here, we focus on the recent advances in these areas of cardiac developmental research and their impact on the expanding field of regenerative medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Heart / embryology
  • Heart / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Myocardium / cytology
  • Regeneration*
  • Regenerative Medicine / trends*
  • Stem Cells / cytology