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Direct Intramyocardial Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Injections in Patients With Severe Refractory Angina: One-Year Follow-Up *

In patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) and refractory angina, we performed direct intramyocardial injections of autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) and followed the safety and efficacy of the treatment for 12 months. A total of 31 patients with stable CAD, moderate to severe angina, normal left ventricular ejection fraction, and no further revascularization options were included. Bone marrow MSCs were isolated and culture expanded for 6‐8 weeks and then stimulated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for 1 week. The 12-month follow-up demonstrated that it was safe to culture expand MSCs and use the cells for clinical treatment. The patients’ maximal metabolic equivalent (MET) during exercise increased from 4.23 MET at baseline to 4.72 MET at 12-month follow-up (p < 0.001), Canadian Cardiovascular Society Class (CCS) was reduced from 3.0 to 0.8 (p < 0.001), angina attacks per week from 13.8 to 3.2 (p < 0.001), and nitroglycerin consumption from 10.7 to 3.4 per week (p < 0.001). In addition, Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) evaluations demonstrated highly significant improvements in physical limitation, angina stability, angina frequency, and quality of life (p < 0.001 for all). It is safe in the intermediate/long term to treat patients with stable CAD using autologous culture expanded MSCs. Previously reported, early and highly significant improvements in exercise capacity and clinical symptoms persist after 12 months. The results are encouraging, and a larger controlled study is warranted.

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Published on 10-17-2017
Authors: Haack-Sørensen, Mandana; Friis, Tina; Mathiasen, Anders B.; Jørgensen, Erik; Hansen, Louise; Dickmeiss, Ebbe; Ekblond, Annette; Kastrup, Jens
Source: Cell Transplantation, Volume 22, Number 3, 2013, pp. 521-528(8)