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Enhanced Bone Marrow Stem (EBMSTM) Cells.

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Enhanced Bone Marrow Stem (EBMSTM) Cells.

Human bone marrow cells (BMCs) have been used as a source for autologous and allogenic cell therapies. We have used our biomaterial microarray hydrogel microenvironment niche high throughput screening technology, Cell Matrix Arrays (CMATM), to develop ideal hematopoietic modeled microenvironment niche for ex-vivo maintenance and enhancement of human BMCs. Human Enhanced Bone Marrow Stem (EBMS) cells have so far been successfully validated in cellular and animal models of cardiovascular regenerative cell therapy (see below).

Cardiovascular Regenerative Cell Therapy.

Heart failure principally caused by ischemic heart disease is common and its prevalence is increasing worldwide (1). Contrary to previous understandings, myocardium continuously regenerates throughout life with an increased rate of regeneration after large myocardial infarctions (2). This regeneration is, however, limited to the viable myocardium and its border zone. Additionally, there is a net loss of cardiomyocytes during myocardial infarction, resulting in the remodeling and the impairment of cardiac-pump function (3, 4). Early reperfusion therapy results in myocardial salvage and significant reduction of early mortality rates (5). However, post-infarction heart failure due to ventricular remodeling remains a major problem (6). Enhancement of the regeneration of cardiomyocytes has been shown to stimulate neovascularization of the infracted area, reversing post-infarction heart failure (7-11).

Bone marrow harbors adult stem cells and progenitor cells with vast differentiation potential including the capability for solid-organ repair (12, 13). In animal models of myocardial infarction, intramyocardial or intravenous injections of bone marrow derived cells (BMC) have shown improved left ventricular function angiogenesis, reduced apoptosis, and reduced remodeling (14, 15). Human clinical pilot studies have shown that intracoronary infusion of BMC is feasible and beneficially affects post-infarction remodeling processes in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients (8-11, 18, 19).

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