Myocardial regeneration by embryonic stem cell transplantation: present and future trends

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Abstract

Embryonic stem cells are a promising source for myocardial regeneration due to their pluripotency and plasticity. In theory, embryonic stem cells are capable of self-renewal in an unlimited fashion, and can differentiate into any cell type required for cell-based therapy, including cardiac myocytes. In recent years, embryonic stem cells have been transplanted for cardiac regeneration in animal models, and the results are encouraging. However, there are still many hurdles to be overcome for the clinical application of embryonic stem cells.

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