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Glob Cardiol Sci Pract. 2013 Nov 1;2013(3):212-21. doi: 10.5339/gcsp.2013.29. eCollection 2013.

Harnessing the power of dividing cardiomyocytes.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75390, USA.
Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.


Lower vertebrates, such as newt and zebrafish, retain a robust cardiac regenerative capacity following injury. Recently, our group demonstrated that neonatal mammalian hearts have a remarkable regenerative potential in the first few days after birth. Although adult mammals lack this regenerative potential, it is now clear that there is measurable cardiomyocyte turnover that occurs in the adult mammalian heart. In both neonatal and adult mammals, proliferation of pre-existing cardiomyocytes appears to be the underlying mechanism of myocyte turnover. This review will highlight the advances and landmark studies that opened new frontiers in cardiac regeneration.

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