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J Cell Mol Med January 12, 2020;

Cardiac telocytes exist in the adult Xenopus tropicalis heart.

Lv L , Liao Z , Luo J , Chen H , Guo H , Yang J , Huang R , Pu Q , Zhao H , Yuan Z , Feng S , Qi X , Cai D .

Recent research has revealed that cardiac telocytes (CTs) play an important role in cardiac physiopathology and the regeneration of injured myocardium. Recently, we reported that the adult Xenopus tropicalis heart can regenerate perfectly in a nearly scar-free manner after injury via apical resection. However, whether telocytes exist in the X tropicalis heart and are affected in the regeneration of injured X tropicalis myocardium is still unknown. The present ultrastructural and immunofluorescent double staining results clearly showed that CTs exist in the X tropicalis myocardium. CTs in the X tropicalis myocardium were mainly twined around the surface of cardiomyocyte trabeculae and linked via nanocontacts between the ends of the telopodes, forming a three-dimensional network. CTs might play a role in the regeneration of injured myocardium.

PubMed ID: 31930692
Article link: J Cell Mol Med
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Genes referenced: kit pecam1 vwf
GO keywords: regeneration

Disease Ontology terms: myocardial infarction

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