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Int J Cardiol. 2011 Jul 15;150(2):156-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2010.03.007. Epub 2010 May 13.

Autologous bone marrow cell implantation attenuates left ventricular remodeling and improves heart function in porcine myocardial infarction: an echocardiographic, six-month angiographic, and molecular-cellular study.

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Department of Cardiology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC.



We investigated the potential benefits and the underlying mechanisms of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cell (BMDMNC) implantation in a porcine model of acute anterior wall myocardial infarction (AAWMI) by studying 6-month left ventricular (LV) function and LV remodeling.


After being aspirated from the iliac crest and cultured for 1 week, BMDMNCs were implanted immediately after AAWMI induction through the left anterior descending artery ligation. Thirty male mini-pigs (16-18 kg) were equally divided into group 1 [AAWMI plus saline injection into infarct-ischemia area (IA)], group 2 (AAWMI plus 3.0 × 10⁷ BMDMNC transplantation into non-IA), group 3 (AAWMI plus 3.0 × 10⁷ BMDMNC transplantation into IA), group 4 (sham control plus 3.0 × 10⁷ BMDMNC transplantation into LV myocardium), and group 5 (normal control).


By day 90, echocardiography demonstrated an increased LV end-diastolic and end-systolic dimensions but reduced LV ejection fraction (LVEF) in groups 1 and 2 than in other groups (all p < 0.01). Six-month angiographic study showed a lower LVEF and wall motion score but a higher mitral regurgitation in groups 1 and 2 than in other groups (all p < 0.01). In IA and peri-infarct area, the number of small vessels and mRNA expressions of endothelial nitric oxide synthase, Bcl-2, interleukin (IL)-10, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α were lower, whereas the number of apoptotic nuclei, caspase-3, Bax, endothelin-1, IL-8, and matrix metalloproteinase was higher in groups 1 and 2 than in other groups (all p < 0.01).


Autologous BMDMNC transplantation into IA rather non-IA improves LV function and reduces LV remodeling via eliciting a broad-spectrum of molecular-cellular defensive mechanisms.

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