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"Mount Sinai Researchers Isolate Placental Cells That Regenerate Damaged Hearts in Mice" - Arlene Weintraub

  • Fierce Biotech
  • New York, NY
  • (May 20, 2019)

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discovered that Cdx2 cells in the placenta of mice can migrate through the circulatory system and target heart injuries. Once there, the cells transform into beating heart cells and start the repair process. The findings were published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers were able to isolate Cdx2 cells from full-term human placentas, too, raising the possibility of being able to harvest the treatment from an almost “limitless source” of placentas that would normally be discarded, said Hina Chaudhry, MD, director of cardiovascular regenerative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She added, “These findings may also pave the way to regenerative therapy of other organs besides the heart.”

— Hina W. Chaudhry, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Director, Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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