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Allogeneic stem cell transplantation for ischemic myocardial dysfunction

Ting, Anthony E.a; Sherman, Warrenb

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: December 2012 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p 675–680
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0b013e32835a66a1

Purpose of review Stem cell therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease is rapidly moving from bench to bedside. In the settings of acute and chronic myocardial injury, approaches to treatment have explored various cell populations, delivery methods, and times of administration.

Recent findings Although initial studies in patients were performed with unfractionated bone marrow cells, further investigations in animal models of myocardial disease have elucidated mechanisms of benefit and opened doors to treatment strategies with stem cells of varied derivation.

Summary Allogeneic stem cell populations have demonstrated therapeutic promise in ischemic heart disease, without a requirement for immunosuppressive drugs, and offer the potential to create large-scale, cryopreserved banks of cells for ‘off the shelf’ utility.

aAthersys Inc., Cleveland, Ohio

bCenter for Interventional Vascular Therapy, Columbia University Medical School, New York, New York, USA

Correspondence to Anthony E. Ting, Athersys Inc., 3201 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA. Tel: +1 216 431 9900; e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.