Physiologic, Pathologic, and Therapeutic Paracrine Modulation of Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling

Physiologic, Pathologic, and Therapeutic Paracrine Modulation of Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling

Joshua Mayourian, Delaine K. Ceholski, David M. Gonzalez, Timothy J. Cashman, Susmita Sahoo, Roger J. Hajjar, Kevin D. Costa

Human engineered cardiac tissue (hECT) contractility assay. A, hECTs are created, cultured, and tested in a custom bioreactor with integrated force-sensing end-posts; as the tissue beats, deflections of the end-posts are tracked. Output contractile metrics include, but are not limited to, developed force (DF), maximum rates of contraction and relaxation (+/− dF/dt, respectively), and beat rate. B, Confocal microscopy of hECTs labeled with cardiac troponin I (green) and DAPI (4’,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole; blue) displays cardiomyocytes with striated sarcomeres and regions of aligned myofibrils. Inset shows magnified view of registered sarcomeres. C, hECT labeled with sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2 (red) and DAPI (blue) shows sarcoplasmic reticulum structures distributed throughout the tissue. Bar = 40 µm. [Powerpoint File]

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