Human Heart Tissue Grown from Stem Cells Improves Drug Testing

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Researchers during a Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR have engineered a three-dimensional heart hankie from tellurian branch cells to exam a reserve and efficiency of new drugs on a heart.

The researchers who combined a 3D heart hankie from branch cells for drug contrast (clockwise from bottom right: Dr Andrew Wan, Dr Hongfang Lu, Dr Ashley Lim, Dr Jia Kai Lim, Ms Ying Ping Chua and Dr Chan Du).

“Cardiotoxicity, that can lead to heart disaster and even death, is a vital means of drug withdrawal from a market. Antibiotics, anticancer and antidiabetic drugs can have amazing side effects for a heart. So it is critical to exam as early as probable either a newly grown drug is protected for tellurian use. However, cardiotoxicity is formidable to envision in a early stages of drug development,” pronounced Professor Jackie Y. Ying, Executive Director during IBN.

A vast partial of a problem is a use of animals or animal-derived cells in preclinical cardiotoxicity studies due to a singular accessibility of tellurian heart flesh cells. Substantial genetic and cardiac differences exist between animals and humans. There have been a vast series of cases whereby a tests unsuccessful to detect cardiovascular toxicity when relocating from animal studies to tellurian clinical trials*.

This picture shows tellurian heart flesh cells flourishing in a 3D hankie structure. The cells have been stained with fluorescent molecules to brand a nuclei in blue, and cardiac-specific protein, in green.

Existing screening methods formed on 2D cardiac structure can't accurately envision drug toxicity, while a now accessible 3D structures for screening are formidable to fashion in a quantities indispensable for blurb application.

To solve this problem, a IBN investigate group built their 3D heart hankie from mobile self-assembly of heart flesh cells grown from tellurian prompted pluripotent branch cells. They also grown a shimmer labelling record to guard changes in violence rate regulating a real-time video recording system. The new heart hankie exhibited some-more cardiac-specific genes, stronger contraction and aloft violence rate compared to cells in a 2D structure. (See video of a heart hankie beating)

“Using a 3D heart tissue, we were means to rightly envision cardiotoxic effects formed on changes in a violence rate, even when these were not rescued by required tests. The process is elementary and suitable for large-scale comment of drug side effects. It could also be used to pattern personalized therapy regulating a patient’s possess cells,” pronounced lead researcher Dr Andrew Wan, who is Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist during IBN.

The researchers have filed a obvious on their tellurian heart hankie model, and wish to work with clinicians and curative companies to move this record to market.

This anticipating was reported recently in a Biofabrication journal.


  1. H. F. Lu, M. F. Leong, T. C. Lim, Y. P. Chua, J. K. Lim, C. Du and A. C. A. Wan, “Engineering a Functional Three-Dimensional Human Cardiac Tissue Model for Drug Toxicity Screening,” Biofabrication, 9 (2017) 025011. See article.

Source: A*STAR

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