Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a non-atherosclerotic form of coronary artery disease of unknown cause that predominantly affects women (>90%; mean age 44-55 years) and can be fatal. The finding of familial clustering, including the concordant involvement of monozygotic twins, and its association with the PHACTR1/EDN1 genetic locus, indicate a genetic predisposition to its pathophysiology. A human induced pluripotent stem cell line (hiPSC) was generated from a patient who had survived an episode of SCAD. This disease-specific hiPSC line will be useful for the study of SCAD after differentiation into blood vessel-forming cells.
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- Induced pluripotent stem cells
- Disease modeling
- Cardiovascular biology