Improved regional function after autologous bone marrow-derived stem cell transfer in patients with acute myocardial infarction: a randomized, double-blind strain rate imaging study Academic Article uri icon

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  • AIMS: To investigate whether intracoronary transfer of bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) early after reperfusion of an acute myocardial infarction improves regional myocardial function in a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled strain rate imaging study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Regional myocardial deformation was measured using velocity-derived strain rate imaging in 67 STEMI patients randomized 1:1 to intracoronary infusion of BMPC (n = 33) or placebo (n = 34). Myocardial segments were grouped into infarct (n = 232), border (n = 250), and remote (n = 526) based on MRI-delayed enhancement and the perfusion territory of the infarct-related vessel. Four months after revascularization and progenitor cell/placebo transfer, regional myocardial deformation (rate) improved significantly more in the infarct segments of BMPC patients (treatment effect on end-systolic strain: -3.7 +/- 1.0%, P = 0.0003; peak-systolic strain rate: -0.20 +/- 0.07 s(-1), P = 0.0035). These findings were confirmed by a significantly greater improvement of longitudinal mitral valve ring displacement in the infarct walls of BMPC patients (treatment effect: 0.93 mm, P = 0.034). CONCLUSION: Intracoronary infusion of BMPC early after reperfusion of a STEMI improves recuperation of regional myocardial function at 4 months' follow-up. Quantitative assessment of regional systolic function might be more sensitive than global LV ejection fraction for the evaluation of BMPC therapy after STEMI.


  • Herbots, L
  • D'hooge, J
  • Eroglu, E
  • Thijs, D
  • Ganame, Javier
  • Claus, P
  • Dubois, C
  • Theunissen, K
  • Bogaert, J
  • Dens, J
  • Kalantzi, M
  • Dymarkowski, S
  • Bijnens, B
  • Belmans, A
  • Boogaerts, M
  • Sutherland, G
  • Van de Werf, F
  • Rademakers, F
  • Janssens, S

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  • March 2009

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