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Oral epithelial stem cells: evaluation of response to injury and self-renew capacity

Grant number: 10/51462-6
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2010 - August 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Dentistry - Dental Clinics
Convênio/Acordo: King's College London
Principal Investigator:Andrea Mantesso Pobocik
Grantee:Andrea Mantesso Pobocik
Principal researcher abroad: Paul T. Sharpe
Institution abroad: King's College London, England
Host Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia (FO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/11641-9 - Epithelial stem cells from oral mucosa: Isolation, characterization and response to injury, AP.R


The oral mucosa has been increasingly used as a source of cells for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as it has a rapid turnover that can be interpreted as strong self-renewal ability. So far, it is known that the epithelial stem cells are rare and located in specific niches, but their isolation remains a challenge. Currently in Sao Paulo we are attempting to identify, isolate and characterize a population of progenitors/stem cells from oral keratinocyte cultures based on cell surface markers. Further in London (England), we aim test these cells behavior by doing in vivo analysis using the mouse genetic model sat KCL. (AU)

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