Stem cells as therapy for heart disease: iPSCs, ESCs, CSCs, and skeletal myoblasts

Biomed Pharmacother. 2019 Jan:109:304-313. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2018.10.065. Epub 2018 Nov 3.


Heart Diseases are serious and global public health concern. In spite of remarkable therapeutic developments, the prediction of patients with Heart Failure (HF) is weak, and present therapeutic attitudes do not report the fundamental problem of the cardiac tissue loss. Innovative therapies are required to reduce mortality and limit or abolish the necessity for cardiac transplantation. Stem cell-based therapies applied to the treatment of heart disease is according to the understanding that natural self-renewing procedures are inherent to the myocardium, nonetheless may not be adequate to recover the infarcted heart muscle. Following the first account of cell therapy in heart diseases, examination has kept up to rapidity; besides, several animals and human clinical trials have been conducted to preserve the capacity of numerous stem cell population in advance cardiac function and decrease infarct size. The purpose of this study was to censoriously evaluate the works performed regarding the usage of four major subgroups of stem cells, including induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC), Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs), Cardiac Stem Cells (CDC), and Skeletal Myoblasts, in heart diseases, at the preclinical and clinical studies. Moreover, it is aimed to argue the existing disagreements, unsolved problems, and prospect directions.

Keywords: Heart disease; Myocardial regeneration; Stem cells; Tissue repair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / transplantation*
  • Heart Diseases / metabolism
  • Heart Diseases / pathology
  • Heart Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / transplantation*
  • Myoblasts, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Myoblasts, Skeletal / transplantation*
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / metabolism
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / transplantation*
  • Stem Cell Transplantation / methods*
  • Stem Cell Transplantation / trends