Camille Vanessa Edwards, MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, comments on the uses and advantages of an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived model to study the early mechanisms driving light chain-induced cardiotoxicity in AL amyloidosis. Using this model, it was found that there may be early cardiac hypertrophy and cardiac remodelling occuring in cardiomyoctes exposed to light chains, in addition to a downregulation in transcripts related to the adaptive immune response. Dr Edwards explains that this model can also be used to test novel therapeutics and to find new biomarkers to predict the risk of light chain-induced cardiotoxicity in patients with AL amyloidosis. This interview took place at the 2022 International Symposium on Amyloidosis (ISA) held in Heidelberg, Germany.
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