Healing The Heart With Bone Marrow Cells

Posted on July 5, 2006 

ScienceDaily: Healing The Heart With Bone Marrow Cells

While it has long been known that bone marrow cells have the ability to clear the dead tissue after a heart attack, what has not been known until now is the critically important role of bone marrow adult stem cells in repairing a damaged heart, restoring its function and enhancing the growth of new blood vessels.

“These cells act like generals in a battlefield, explained Dr. Shafie Fazel, cardiac surgery resident at TGH, University of Toronto surgeon/scientist program fellow and lead author of the study entitled, “Cardioprotective c-kit cells are from the bone marrow and regulate the myocardial balance of angiogenic cytokines,” published today in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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