Luca Sala

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Adult mammalian cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent state by forcing the expression of a few embryonic transcription factors. The resulting induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can differentiate into cells of all three germ layers. It is well known that post-natal cardiomyocytes (CMs) lack the capacity to proliferate. Here, we report that neonatal(More)
Recent evidence of beneficial effects of ranolazine (RAN) in type II diabetes motivates interest in the role of the late sodium current (INaL) in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. In the present work, we characterize INaL and its function in rat INS-1E cells and human islets cells. INaL was identified as steady-state current blocked by 10 μM RAN (IRAN)(More)
Mutations underlying genetic cardiomyopathies might affect differentiation commitment of resident progenitor cells. Cardiac mesoangioblasts (cMabs) are multipotent progenitor cells resident in the myocardium. A switch from cardiac to skeletal muscle differentiation has been recently described in cMabs from β-sarcoglycan-null mice (βSG(-/-)), a murine model(More)
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