Cell-specific Mathematical Modelling of hiPSC-CMs and Its Potential for Prediction of Drug Testing




Citation:European Cardiology Review 2018;13(2):131.

Open access:

The copyright in this work belongs to Radcliffe Medical Media. Only articles clearly marked with the CC BY-NC logo are published with the Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. The CC BY-NC option was not available for Radcliffe journals before 1 January 2019. Articles marked ‘Open Access’ but not marked ‘CC BY-NC’ are made freely accessible at the time of publication but are subject to standard copyright law regarding reproduction and distribution. Permission is required for reuse of this content.

Topic: Arrhythmia (Basic), Electrophysiology


Human induced pluripotent stem cells-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are expected tool for preclinical evaluation of the safety and efficacy of compounds on the heart. Its action potential (AP) parameters were measured in order to estimate pro-arrhythmic effects of new drugs, mutation of ion-channels, and so on. But, hiPSC-CMs exhibit varying AP morphologies, and even exhibit paradoxical reaction for some compounds.


Variations of APs of hiPSC-CMs express their total balance of ion-currents, and might affect the result of drug-testing. So, in order to interpret the results of drug-testing using hiPSC-CMs platform accurately, cell-specific precise mathematical modelling of hiPSC-CMs may be useful.


We developed novel hiPSC-CMs mathematical models based on HuVEC model (Asakura et al, 2014), adopting experimental data of ionic channels. We recorded APs from 40 hiPSC-CMs, and reproduced all AP morphologies simulationally by changing conductance of each ion current. After that, in silico IKr-blocking test was performed.


All 40 AP morphologies were successfully recapitulated within 5 % error range. In simulational IKr-blocking test, AP duration (APD) prolongation was observed in 15 cells (37.5%). In 21 cells, APD prolongation and rising of maximum diastolic potential (MDP) was observed. In 4 cells, APD shortening and rising of MDP was observed. All APD shortening cell has morphological character of MDP >−68.0 mV.


Our new mathematical models can reproduce experimental AP morphology precisely. To interpret the results of hiPSC-CMs drug testing appropriately, cell-specific computer simulation is very useful.