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The Journal of toxicological sciences

Evaluation of the effects of power-frequency magnetic fields on the electrical activity of cardiomyocytes differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells.


PMID 28321048

Abstract

Although cardiac activity is known to differ between species in many respects, most evaluations of the cardiac effects of low-frequency electric and magnetic fields, which have a stimulant effect on electrically activated cells, have been performed in non-human experimental animals and cells, and the effects in humans have been assessed using theoretical models. In recent years, it has been verified that human cardiomyocytes differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS-CM) are useful for evaluating human responses to various cardioactive compounds. In this study, we applied hiPSCMs for the first time to evaluate the human cardiac effects of power-frequency magnetic fields (MFs). After preparation of hiPS-CMs, we subjected a hiPS-CM monolayer formed on a multi-electrode array to short-term exposure to a 50 Hz MF at 400 mT with recording of the extracellular field potentials. The field potential duration of the hiPS-CMs did not differ significantly pre- and post-exposure, indicating that under these conditions, exposure to a 50 Hz MF at 400 mT does not affect the electrical activity of hiPSCMs.

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