Laboratory studies at the University Centre for Stem Cell Research have found stem cells from teeth can develop and form complex networks of brain-like cells. University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that stem cells taken from teeth can grow to resemble brain cells, suggesting these cells can be used in the brain as a therapy for strokes. “Stem cells from teeth have great potential to grow into new brain or nerve cells, and this could potentially assist with treatments of brain disorders such as stroke, “ said Kylie Ellis, PhD. Dr. Ellis is the commercial development manager with the university’s commercial arm, Adelaide Research & Innovation. The goal is to be able to utilize a patient’s own stem cells for tailor-made brain therapy with less rejection issues commonly found with cell-based therapies. Although these cells have not developed into full-fledged neurons, researchers believe it is only a matter of time and the right conditions for that to happen.
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See the article, “Neurogenic Potential of Dental Pulp Stem Cells Isolated From Murine Incisors” published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy, February 27, 2014, vol. 5:30.