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Vol. 198, No. 2, 2013
Issue release date: October 2013
Section title: Original Paper
Cells Tissues Organs 2013;198:99-110
(DOI:10.1159/000353116)

Inductive Ability of Human Developing and Differentiated Dental Mesenchyme

Zheng L. · Warotayanont R. · Stahl J. · Kunimatsu R. · Klein O. · DenBesten P.K. · Zhang Y.
aDepartment of Orofacial Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, Calif., USA; bState Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

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Abstract of Original Paper

Accepted: 5/13/2013
Published online: 7/30/2013

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1422-6405 (Print)
eISSN: 1422-6421 (Online)

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Abstract

The development of cell-based therapeutic strategies to bioengineer tooth tissue is a promising approach for the treatment of lost or damaged tooth tissue. The lack of a readily available cell source for human dental epithelial cells (ECs) severely constrains the progress of tooth bioengineering. Previous studies in model organisms have demonstrated that developing dental mesenchyme can instruct nondental epithelium to differentiate into enamel-forming epithelium. In this study, we characterized the ability of fetal and adult human dental mesenchyme to promote differentiation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived ECs (ES-ECs) into ameloblast-lineage cells. ES-ECs were co-cultured either with human fetal dental mesenchymal cells (FDMCs) or with adult dental mesenchymal cells (ADMCs) in either a three-dimensional culture system, or in the renal capsules of SCID mice. When co-cultured with FDMCs in vitro, ES-ECs polarized and expressed amelogenin. Tooth organ-like structures assembled with epithelium and encased mesenchyme and developing enamel-like structures could be detected in the complexes resulting from in vitro and ex vivo co-culture of ES-ECs and FDMCs. In contrast, co-cultured ES-ECs and ADMCs formed amorphous spherical structures and occasionally formed hair. Transcription factors were significantly upregulated in FDMCs compared to ADMCs including MSX1, GLI1, LHX6, LHX8,LEF1 and TBX1. In summary, FDMCs but not ADMCs had the capacity to induce differentiation of ES-ECs into ameloblast lineage cells. Further characterization of the functional differences between these two types of dental mesenchyme could enable reprogramming of ADMCs to enhance their odontogenic inductive competence.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Accepted: 5/13/2013
Published online: 7/30/2013

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1422-6405 (Print)
eISSN: 1422-6421 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CTO


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