Dental Stem Cell Patents
Christian Morsczeck, Bernhard Frerich and Oliver Driemel
Affiliation: Institute of Human Genetics, University of Regensburg, Franz-Josef-Straub-Allee 11, 93053 Regensburg.
Keywords: Stem cells, dental regeneration, tissue engineering, tooth engineering, cell therapy, periodontium, dental pulp
A complex human tissue harbors stem cells that are responsible for its maintenance or repair. These stem cells have been isolated also from dental tissues such as the periodontal ligament, dental papilla or dental follicle and they may offer novel applications in dentistry. This following review summarizes patents about dental stem cells for dental tissue engineering and considers their value for regenerative dentistry.
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