A research team led by Dr. Songtao Shi from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has discovered that mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs] found in the gums are able to regulate the body’s immune system to treat inflammatory diseases. In an animal model suffering from colitis [an inflamed condition of the colon], the scientists were able to transplant these gingival MSCs, significantly reducing the inflammation.
The considerable immunoregulatory properties of gingival MSCs, as well as their relative ease of access in the body, represent a breakthrough in the potential development of stem cell-based therapies for inflammatory diseases. Further research of these cells may also shed light on translational applications for improved wound healing and reduced scar tissue formation after injuries.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the unique capacity to differentiate into a multitude of different types of tissues – such as neurons, insulin producing pancreatic beta cells, bone, cartilage, and cardiomyocites amongst them. To learn more about the value of preserving your own MSCs for use in future regenerative therapies and how to bank your own stem cells through a non-invasive and affordable method by recovering your dental pulp stem cells, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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