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BACKGROUND Functional and molecular integrity of cardiomyocytes (CMs) derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is essential for their use in tissue repair, disease modelling and drug screening. In this study we compared global transcriptomes of beating clusters (BCs) microdissected from differentiating human iPS cells and embryonic stem (ES) cells.(More)
Myeloid dendritic cells (DC) and macrophages play an important role in pathogen sensing and antimicrobial defense. In this study we provide evidence that myeloid DC respond to infection with Listeria monocytogenes with simultaneous induction of multiple stimulatory and inhibitory molecules. However, the overall impact of infected DC during T cell encounter(More)
Standardization of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) remains a major obstacle in regenerative medicine. Starting material and culture expansion affect cell preparations and render comparison between studies difficult. In contrast, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) assimilate toward a ground state and may therefore give rise to more standardized cell(More)
Cardiomyocytes (CMs) derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) hold great promise for patient-specific disease modeling, drug screening and cell therapy. However, existing protocols for CM differentiation of iPSCs besides being highly dependent on the application of expensive growth factors show low reproducibility and scalability. The aim of this(More)
AIMS Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSCM) are regarded as promising cell type for cardiac cell replacement therapy. We investigated long-term electrophysiological integration and maturation of transplanted iPSCM, which are essential for therapeutic benefit. METHODS AND RESULTS Murine iPSCM expressing enhanced green fluorescent(More)
Long QT syndromes (LQTS) are heritable diseases characterized by prolongation of the QT interval on an electrocardiogram, which often leads to syncope and sudden cardiac death. Here we report the generation of induced pluripotent stems (iPS) cells from two patients with LQTS type 3 carrying a different point mutation in a sodium channel Nav1.5 (p.V240M and(More)
In previous literature, the existence of a new insulin-like substance found in tumor tissues, termed substance immunologically cross-reactive with insulin (SICRI), has been proposed. In these studies, insulin-specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) was the only detection method for SICRI. The mouse melanoma B16BL6 cell line was found to be a rich source of SICRI.(More)
Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is a metalloprotease implicated in insulin degradation and suggested to have a variety of additional functions, including the clearance of amyloid beta peptides of Alzheimer's disease. Little is known about endogenous proteins that may interact with and modulate IDE's activity in the cell. We purified and characterized two(More)
AIMS Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare genetic condition caused predominantly by mutations within desmosomal genes. The mutation leading to ARVC-5 was recently identified on the island of Newfoundland and caused by the fully penetrant missense mutation p.S358L in TMEM43. Although TMEM43-p.S358L mutation carriers were also(More)
Dihydropyridines (DHP), which nifedipine is a member of, preferentially block Ca(2+) channels of different cell types. Moreover, influx of Ca(2+) through L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs) activates Ca(2+) signaling pathways, which in turn contribute to numerous cellular processes. Although LTCCs are expressed in undifferentiated cells, very little is known(More)