Technical delivery of myogenic cells through an endocardial injection catheter for myocardial cell implantation

U. Oron*, O. Halevy, T. Yaakobi, G. Hayam, L. Gepstein, T. Wolf, S. Ben-Haim

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BACKGROUND: The next clinical frontier in the therapeutics of ischemic heart disease may involve the development and delivery of specific molecules and cells into the myocardium. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of the MyoStar injection catheter (Biosense-Webster Inc.) that has recently been developed to deliver molecules and cells to the myocardium. The 8 Fr (110 cm length) catheter comprises a navigation sensor with a 27 gauge needle at the distal tip. METHODS: Mouse myogenic cells (C2) were delivered to a tissue culture dish through different modalities: a standard laboratory pipette, a syringe needle (27 gauge) and the injection catheter. The cells were counted and monitored for growth and differentiation in the tissue culture immediately after delivery and two, three and six days later. Cells that were injected through a regular syringe needle or through the injection catheter demonstrated the same capacity to proliferate in tissue culture up to six days. RESULTS: The behavior of the cells in culture (fusion) was identical for the cells delivered to the tissue culture by a pipette or by the injection catheter. CONCLUSION: The results of the present study indicate that delivery of cells through the MyoStar injection catheter is a method with no significant loss or adverse effects to the cells along the path of the catheter. The catheter, which possesses both injection and navigation capabilities, can be used to deliver cell therapy to patients with ischemic heart disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cell implantation
  • Injection catheter
  • Navigation sensor
  • Tissue culture


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