Huansheng Xu

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Isl1(+) cardiovascular progenitors and their downstream progeny play a pivotal role in cardiogenesis and lineage diversification of the heart. The mechanisms that control their renewal and differentiation are largely unknown. Herein, we show that the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway is a major component by which cardiac mesenchymal cells modulate the(More)
In a cell-free approach to regenerative therapeutics, transient application of paracrine factors in vivo could be used to alter the behavior and fate of progenitor cells to achieve sustained clinical benefits. Here we show that intramyocardial injection of synthetic modified RNA (modRNA) encoding human vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) results(More)
Cardiomyocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells can be applied in drug testing, disease modeling and cell-based therapy. However, without procardiogenic growth factors, the efficiency of cardiomyogenesis from pluripotent stem cells is usually low and the resulting cardiomyocyte population is heterogeneous. Here, we demonstrate that induced pluripotent(More)
The adult human heart lacks sufficient regenerative capacity to recover after a myocardial infarction. Cell-based therapy has emerged as a potential treatment for the failing heart; however, a key issue for the success of future cell-based therapies is the ability to obtain patient-specific high-quality cardiomyocytes in a fast and efficient manner. Recent(More)
More than twenty years ago, Harold Weintraub's laboratory discovered that the forced expression of the transcription factor MyoD (aka Myf3) in fibroblasts could convert fibroblasts into skeletal myoblasts by inducing the expression of skeletal muscle genes [1]. However, efforts to identify a single ‘master regulator’ that could convert fibroblasts into(More)
The term “lineage reprogramming” is typically used to describe the conversion of one differentiated somatic cell type into another without transit through a pluripotent intermediate. Two recent reports in Nature demonstrate that such a conversion can be achieved in the heart in situ, and suggest a novel, regenerative approach for the development of cardiac(More)
The cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) in the anterior heart field (AHF) are located in the pharyngeal mesoderm (PM), where they expand, migrate and eventually differentiate into major cell types found in the heart, including cardiomyocytes. The mechanisms by which these progenitors are able to expand within the PM microenvironment without premature(More)
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