A team of bioengineers from Tel Aviv University is currently developing a scaffold to help regenerate heart muscle through the use of autologous stem cells. The scientists, led by Dr. Tal Dvir, aim to replace damaged cardiac tissue in heart attack patients by creating a scaffold out of collagen and gold nanoparticles, and then infusing it with the patient’s own stem cells to stimulate the rejuvenation of cardiomyocytes.
Severe heart damage is often treated using either an organ transplant or inorganic patches. However, transplants often present the risk of rejection by the patient’s immune system, and engineered patches are unable to conduct the heart’s electric signals. Dr. Dvir’s hybrid scaffold could solve both problems by integrating the patient’s own stem cells to prevent an autoimmune response, as well as gold nanoparticles to rapidly transfer electric signals.
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