Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (CMG cells) are multipotent and can be induced by 5-azacytidine to differentiate into cardiomyocytes. We characterized the electrophysiological properties of these cardiomyocytes and investigated their potential for use as transplantable bio-pacemakers. After differentiation, action potentials in spontaneously beating cardiomyocytes were initially sinus node-like, but subsequently became ventricular cardiomyocyte-like. RT-PCR established that ion channels mediating IK1 and IKr were expressed before differentiation. After differentiation, ion channels underlying ICa,L and If were expressed first, followed by ion channels mediating Ito and IK,ATP. Differentiated CMG cells expressed β-adrenergic receptors and increased their beat rate in response to isoproterenol. CMG cardiomyocytes were purified using GFP fluorescence and transplanted into the free walls of the left ventricles of mice. The transplanted cardiomyocytes survived and connected to surrounding recipient cardiomyocytes via intercalated discs. Although further innovation is required, the present findings provide evidence of the potential for bone marrow-derived cardiomyocytes to be used as bio-pacemakers.
- Bone marrow
- Mesenchymal stem cell
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications