Skin cells can be engineered into pulmonary valves for pediatric patients

24 septiembre 2014

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient’s skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study provides more detail on this scientific development. This study is the first step toward demonstrating the feasibility of creating a patient-specific pulmonary valve that contains live cells from the patient, researchers say.