Zhong-Hui Jia

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BACKGROUND Autologous bone marrow cells (BMCs) transplanted into ventricular scar tissue may differentiate into cardiomyocytes and restore myocardial function. This study evaluated cardiomyogenic differentiation of BMCs, their survival in myocardial scar tissue, and the effect of the implanted cells on heart function. METHODS AND RESULTS IN VITRO(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients with congenital heart disease frequently require graft material for repair of cardiac defects. However, currently available grafts lack growth potential and are noncontractile and thrombogenic. We have developed a viable cardiac graft that contracts spontaneously in tissue culture by seeding cells derived from fetal rat ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND Fetal rat cardiomyocytes transplanted into left ventricular scar tissue of the adult rat heart limit scar expansion and improve heart function. This study determined morphologic changes of transplanted fetal rat cardiomyocytes in myocardial scar tissue. METHODS AND RESULTS The left ventricles of 500-g Sprague-Dawley rats were cryodamaged. At 4(More)
OBJECTIVES Currently available graft materials for repair of congenital heart defects cause significant morbidity and mortality because of their lack of growth potential. An autologous cell-seeded graft may improve patient outcomes. We report our initial experience with the construction of a biodegradable graft seeded with cultured rat or human cells and(More)
BACKGROUND Fetal ventricular cardiomyocyte transplantation into a cardiac scar improved ventricular function, but these cells were eventually eliminated by rejection. We therefore examined the feasibility of autologous adult heart cell transplantation. METHODS A transmural scar was produced in the left ventricular free wall of adult rats by cryoinjury.(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the effect of heart cell transplantation into the dilated cardiomyopathic myocardium. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of heart cell transplantation into dilated cardiomyopathic hamsters. METHODS AND RESULTS Ventricular heart cells were isolated from 4-week-old BIO 53. 58 hamsters and cultured for 2 weeks(More)
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of smooth muscle cell transplantation into myocardial ventricular scar formed by cryo-necrosis. The left ventricular free wall (LVFW) of adult rats was cryo-necrosed. At 4 weeks after cryo-injury cultured fetal rat stomach smooth muscle cells (transplanted group, n = 10) or culture medium (control, n = 10) were(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to determine the optimal time for cell transplantation after myocardial injury. METHODS The left ventricular free wall of adult rat hearts was cryoinjured and the animals were sacrificed at 0, 1, 2, 4, and 8 weeks for histologic studies. Fetal rat cardiomyocytes (transplant) or culture medium (control) were transplanted(More)
Rhein (4,5-dihydroxyanthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid) is purified from rhubarb (Rheum officinale), a widely used traditional Chinese herb. In our previous studies, rhein was shown to be effective in ameliorating diabetic renal pathological changes and attenuating hyperlipidemia. Statins have also been proven to ameliorate renal pathological changes(More)
OBJECTIVE Fetal cardiomyocyte transplantation improved heart function after cardiac injury. However, cellular allografts were rejected despite cyclosporine (INN: ciclosporin) therapy. We therefore evaluated autologous heart cell transplantation in an adult swine model of a myocardial infarction. METHODS In 16 adult swine a myocardial infarction was(More)