Mesenchymal stem cell-mediated functional tooth regeneration in Swine

Wataru Sonoyama, Yi Liu, Dianji Fang, Takayoshi Yamaza, Byoung Moo Seo, Chunmei Zhang, He Liu, Stan Gronthos, Cun Yu Wang, Songtao Shi, Songlin Wang

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Mesenchymal stem cell-mediated tissue regeneration is a promising approach for regenerative medicine for a wide range of applications. Here we report a new population of stem cells isolated from the root apical papilla of human teeth (SCAP, stem cells from apical papilla). Using a minipig model, we transplanted both human SCAP and periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) to generate a root/periodontal complex capable of supporting a porcelain crown, resulting in normal tooth function. This work integrates a stem cell-mediated tissue regeneration strategy, engineered materials for structure, and current dental crown technologies. This hybridized tissue engineering approach led to recovery of tooth strength and appearance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere79
JournalPloS one
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 20 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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