Forced expression of the cyclin B1-CDC2 complex induces proliferation in adult rat cardiomyocytes
Bicknell, K. A., Coxon, C. H. and Brooks, G. (2004) Forced expression of the cyclin B1-CDC2 complex induces proliferation in adult rat cardiomyocytes. The Biochemical Journal, 382 (2). pp. 411-6. ISSN 1470-8728
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Repair of the mature mammalian myocardium following injury is impaired by the inability of the majority of cardiomyocytes to undergo cell division. We show that overexpression of the cyclin B1-CDC2 (cell division cycle 2 kinase) complex re-initiates cell division in adult cardiomyocytes. Thus strategies targeting the cyclin B1-CDC2 complex might re-initiate cell division in mature cardiomyocytes in vivo and facilitate myocardial regeneration following injury.