Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stem Cells May Come From Your Mouth

These are endothelial cells derived by indirect lineage conversion from human fibroblasts (skin cells). Cell nuclei are in blue; proteins that are hallmarks of endothelial cells are green and red. (Credit: Image: Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies)

Researchers in Japan working with dogs have recently been able to regenerate bone between canine parents and their offspring by grafting stem cells extracted from teeth and dental pulp.  This finding means that one day, stem cells used for a variety of medical purposes might possibly be obtained from oral sources.

While much more work needs to be done before dental stem cells can be used to promote new bone growth in humans, the study does highlight the promise of obtaining stem cells from unusual sources, such as teeth. 

It never ceases to amaze me how science is constantly connecting teeth and gums to new medical breakthroughs.  Dentistry is definitely an exciting field!

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