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 ISSN:1473-2262         NLM:100973416 (link)         DOI:10.22203/eCM

2014   Volume No 28 – pages 348-357

Title: Neural crest stem cell population in craniomaxillofacial development and tissue repair

Author: M La Noce, L Mele, V Tirino, F Paino, A De Rosa, P Naddeo, P Papagerakis, G Papaccio, V Desiderio

Address: Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale, Sezione di Istologia ed Embriologia, Secondo Ateneo di Napoli, 5 via L. Armanni, 80138 Napoli, Italy

E-mail: gianpaolo.papaccio at

Key Words: Neural crest, CMF, development, differentiation, tissue engineering, translational medicine.

Publication date: October 28th 2014

Abstract: Neural crest cells, delaminating from the neural tube during migration, undergo an epithelial-mesenchymal transition and differentiate into several cell types strongly reinforcing the mesoderm of the craniofacial body area – giving rise to bone, cartilage and other tissues and cells of this human body area. Recent studies on craniomaxillofacial neural crest-derived cells have provided evidence for the tremendous plasticity of these cells. Actually, neural crest cells can respond and adapt to the environment in which they migrate and the cranial mesoderm plays an important role toward patterning the identity of the migrating neural crest cells. In our experience, neural crest-derived stem cells, such as dental pulp stem cells, can actively proliferate, repair bone and give rise to other tissues and cytotypes, including blood vessels, smooth muscle, adipocytes and melanocytes, highlighting that their use in tissue engineering is successful. In this review, we provide an overview of the main pathways involved in neural crest formation, delamination, migration and differentiation; and, in particular, we concentrate our attention on the translatability of the latest scientific progress. Here we try to suggest new ideas and strategies that are needed to fully develop the clinical use of these cells. This effort should involve both researchers/clinicians and improvements in good manufacturing practice procedures. It is important to address studies towards clinical application or take into consideration that studies must have an effective therapeutic prospect for humans. New approaches and ideas must be concentrated also toward stem cell recruitment and activation within the human body, overcoming the classical grafting.


Article download: Pages 348-357 (PDF file)
DOI: 10.22203/eCM.v028a24