A Functional, Mature In vivo Human Ventricular Muscle Patch for Cardiomyopathy
|Title||A Functional, Mature In vivo Human Ventricular Muscle Patch for Cardiomyopathy|
|Acronym||5D Heart Patch|
|Sponsor||European Research Council - Advanced Grant (ERC-AdG)|
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Developing new therapeutic strategies for heart regeneration is a major goal for cardiac biology and medicine. While cardiomyocytes can be generated from human pluripotent stem (hPSC) cells in vitro, it has proven difficult to use these cells to generate a large scale, mature human heart ventricular muscle graft on the injured heart in vivo. The central objective of this proposal is to optimize the generation of a large-scale pure, fully functional human ventricular muscle patch in vivo through the self-assembly of purified human ventricular progenitors and the localized expression of defined paracrine factors that drive their expansion, differentiation, vascularization, matrix formation, and maturation. Recently, we have found that purified hPSC-derived ventricular progenitors (HVPs) can self-assemble in vivo on the epicardial surface into a 3D vascularized, and functional ventricular patch with its own extracellular matrix via a cell autonomous pathway. A two-step protocol and FACS purification of HVP receptors can generate billions of pure HVPs. The current proposal will lead to the identification of defined paracrine pathways to enhance the survival, grafting/implantation, expansion, differentiation, matrix formation, vascularization and maturation of the graft in vivo. We will captalize on our unique HVP system and our novel modRNA technology to deliver therapeutic strategies by using the in vivo human ventricular muscle to model in vivo arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, and optimize the ability of the graft to compensate for the massive loss of functional muscle during ischemic cardiomyopathy and post-myocardial infarction. The studies will lead to new in vivo chimeric models of human cardiac disease and an experimental paradigm to optimize organ-on-organ cardiac tissue engineers of an in vivo, functional mature ventricular patch for cardiomyopathy.