Grant Award Details
- The goal is to increase the yield of pacemaking cells that can be differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). There is an emphasis on Ca2+ signaling pathways via activation of small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (SKs).
Grant Application Details
- Induction of Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Pacemaking Cells
Currently, over 350,000 patients per year with abnormal heart rhythm receive electronic pacemakers to restore their normal heart beat. Electronic pacemakers do not respond to the need for changing heart rate in situations such as exercise and have limited battery life, which can be resolved with biopacemakers. In this proposed project, we will examine methods that improve the generation of pacemaking cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells as candidates for biopacemaker.
This proposal aims to generate pacemaking cells through facilitated differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells that may serve as biopacemakers. Over 350,000 patients a year in the U.S. require the implantation of an electronic pacemaker to restore their heart rhythm, with more than 3 million patients that are dependent on this device. At the cost of $58K per pacemaker implantation, the healthcare burden is greater than $20 billion a year. However, the cost associated with these electronic devices does not end with surgery for implantation. These devices require a battery change every 5 to 10 years that involve another surgical procedure. With California being the most populated state, this can be very costly to the Californians. It also does not give the patients the quality of life by having to endure repeated surgeries. The possibility of biopacemaker that requires no future battery replacements and other advantages such as physiological adaptation to the active state of the patient make biopacemakers a truly desirable alternative to electronic devices. Moreover, one in 20,000 infants or preemies with congenital sinoatrial node dysfunction are also inappropriate candidates to receive electronic pacemakers because they are physically too small and require a proportional increase in the length of pacing leads with their significant growth rate. Therefore, there is a great need for biopacemakers that may overcome the deficiencies of electronic devices.
- Stem Cells (2016) Same-Single-Cell Analysis of Pacemaker-Specific Markers in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Subtypes Classified by Electrophysiology. (PubMed: 27434649)
- Heart Rhythm (2015) Small-conductance Ca2+ -activated K+ channels and cardiac arrhythmias. (PubMed: 25956967)
- Cardiovasc Res (2014) Critical roles of a small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel (SK3) in the repolarization process of atrial myocytes. (PubMed: 24282291)
- Biomaterials (2013) Effect of engineered anisotropy on the susceptibility of human pluripotent stem cell-derived ventricular cardiomyocytes to arrhythmias. (PubMed: 23942210)
- Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol (2013) Mechanism-Based Facilitated Maturation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes. (PubMed: 23392582)