To repair a damaged heart, three cells are better than one

ScienceDaily | Sep 15, 2020 at 8:02 PM
  • Called CardioCluster, the bioengineering technique was developed by Megan Monsanto, a recent doctoral candidate who worked with Mark Sussman, distinguished professor of biology at the San Diego State University Heart Institute.
  • When she learned about the challenges in getting injected cells to persist and survive inside the heart walls, she came up with the idea of a 3D cluster of cells that would interact with each other and stick together.
  • The cluster combination she arrived at after extensive research comprises mesenchymal stem cells which help communicate and support other cells, endothelial progenitor cells which line the insides of blood vessels, and cardiac interstitial cells which are key to forming cardiac tissue.