Tissue sea anemone «told» scientists the mechanism of regeneration of the heart

© Fotolia / capifruttaУченый working with a microscope. Archival Photo.Tissue sea anemone «told» scientists the mechanism of regeneration of the heart© Fotolia / capifrutta

Scientists from the University of Florida suggest that the mechanisms of regeneration of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis may in future help in restoring cardiac tissue human. The results of the study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reports the science portal ScienceAlert.

Cells Nematostella vectensis freely transform into different types of cells, so that the «sea anemones» can be restored, even if they are cut into pieces. The sea anemone body moves in space with pulsating movements similar to a heartbeat.

The study also confirms the existing hypothesis that the original muscle tissue of animals is very reminiscent of the heart and evolved from the tissues of organisms, like Nematostella vectensis, the article says.

«Our research shows that if we carefully examine how the genes that formed the cells of our hearts, interact with each other, the regeneration of human muscle tissue could become possible,» said biologist mark Martindale.

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