Stem Cell Reviews and Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 339–349 | Cite as

Comparison of Cardiac Stem Cells and Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transplantation on the Cardiac Electrophysiology in Rats with Myocardial Infarction

  • Shao-Xin Zheng
  • Yin-Lun Weng
  • Chang-Qing Zhou
  • Zhu-Zhi Wen
  • Hui Huang
  • Wei Wu
  • Jing-Feng WangEmail author
  • Tong WangEmail author



Whether transplanted cardiac stem cells (CSCs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) improved ventricular fibrillation threshold (VFT) similarly is still unclear. We sought to compare the effects of the CSC and MSC transplantation on the electrophysiological characteristics and VFT in rats with myocardial infarction (MI).


MI was induced in 30 male Sprague–Dawley rats. Two weeks later, animals were randomized to receive 5 × 106 CSCs labeled with PKH26 in PBS or 5 × 106 MSCs labeled with PKH26 in phosphate buffer solution(PBS) or PBS alone injection into the infarcted anterior ventricular free wall. Six weeks after the injection, electrophysiological characteristics and VFT were measured. Labeled CSCs and MSCs were observed in 5 μm cryostat sections from each heart.


Malignant ventricular arrhythmias were significantly (P = 0.0055) less inducible in the CSC group than the MSC group. The VFTs were improved in the CSC group compared with the MSC group. Labeled CSCs and MSCs were identified in the infarct zone and infarct marginal zone. Labeled CSCs expressed Connexin-43, von Willebrand factor, α-smooth muscle actin and α-sarcomeric actin,while the Labeled MSCs expressed von Willebrand factor, α-smooth muscle actin and α-sarcomeric actin in vivo.


After 6 weeks of cell transplantation, CSCs are superior to MSCs in modulating the electrophysiological abnormality and improving the VFT in rats with MI. CSCs and MSCs express markers that suggest muscle, endothelium and vascular smooth muscle phenotypes in vivo, but MSCs rarely express Connexin-43.


Cardiac stem cells Mesenchymal stem cells Electrophysiological characteristics Myocardial infarction Ventricular fibrillation threshold 



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Cardiac stem cells


Mesenchymal stem cells


Myocardial infarction


Phosphate buffer solution


Ventricular tachycardia


Ventricular fibrillation threshold


Ventricular fibrillation



This study supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No: 81070125 and No: 30971262), Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (No: 8151008901000119) and Science and Technology Foundation in Guangdong Province (No: 2010B031600032). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Author details

The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Authors’ contributions

TW, SXZ, YLW and JFW contributed to the conception and design of the study protocol. SXZ, YLW, CQZ and ZZW participated in the coordination of the study and data collection. WW and HH contributed to the analysis and interpretation of the data. All authors were involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content. All authors read and gave final approval of the present version of the manuscript to be published.

Competing Interests

The authors have not disclosed any potential conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shao-Xin Zheng
    • 1
  • Yin-Lun Weng
    • 2
  • Chang-Qing Zhou
    • 2
  • Zhu-Zhi Wen
    • 1
  • Hui Huang
    • 1
  • Wei Wu
    • 1
  • Jing-Feng Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tong Wang
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Cardiovascular MedicineThe Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Arrhythmia and ElectrophysiologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Emergency MedicineThe Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Cardiovascular & Emergency MedicineThe Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Arrhythmia and ElectrophysiologyGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.Center for Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering, The Key Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Ministry of EducationSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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