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Drug Discov Today Dis Mech. 2010 Summer;7(2):e109-e115.

Promises and pitfalls in cell replacement therapy for heart failure.

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Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cardiovascular Research Center, Richard B. Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, 02214 MA, USA.

Abstract

Symptomatic heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome with a poor prognosis. Many efforts have been made to develop new therapeutic strategies to improve prognosis associated with heart failure. In this context, different stem cell populations for cardiac regenerative therapy have been examined recently. Here we discuss the potential strategies for using stem cells in cardiac regenerative therapy and the barriers that remain before an effective cell-based cardiac regenerative therapy can be employed clinically.

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