Autologous CD133 + Cells and Laser Revascularization in patients with severe Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Taha Ahmed, Steve W. Leung, Talal Alnabelsi, Wadea Tarhuni, Michael E. Sekela

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Objective: We tested the hypothesis that targeted TMLR combined with intramyocardial injection of autologous CD 133+ progenitor cells is safe and feasible in patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and no revascularization options. Methods: Eight male patients (age 62 ± 2.4 years) with multivessel severe ischemic heart disease and no revascularization options were enrolled. Autologous CD 133 + endothelial progenitor cells were derived and purified from the bone marrow on the day of surgery using the clinical-grade closed CliniMACS system. Using a lateral thoracotomy approach, TMLR was performed, followed by transmyocardial transplantation of purified CD133 + cells (mean number of transplanted cells: 12.5 × 106) in the region surrounding the TMLR sites. These sites were selected based on ischemia on pre-procedure perfusion imaging. We performed clinical and myocardial perfusion imaging pre-procedure and then at 6- and 12-month follow-up. Results: No major complications or death occurred during the procedure or during the peri-operative hospital stay. One patient died of cardiac cause 6 months post-procedure. There was a reported short-term improvement in anginal and heart failure symptoms and a modest reduction in the ischemic score as assessed by perfusion imaging. Conclusions: Our phase 1 clinical study examining the combination therapy of targeted transmyocardial laser revascularization therapy and autologous CD133 + endothelial progenitor cells in patients with chronic ICM and no revascularization options demonstrates the feasibility and short-term safety of this combined approach and warrants future larger phase 2 randomized clinical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalStem Cell Reviews and Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2023

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  • Angiogenesis
  • Autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells
  • Ischemic heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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