Placental stem cells can regenerate damaged heart cells
Placental stem cells can regenerate heart cells in mice after heart attack.
Placental derived Cdx2 stem cells can travel to the site of injury via blood.
Form new heart muscle cells, blood vessels and avoid rejection by immune system.
Every mouse treated with stem cells showed regeneration of healthy heart tissue in MRI.
Future implication of more effective treatments for heart attack victims.
Could pave the way to regenerative therapy of other organs besides the heart.
Study by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.