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Stem Cells Int. 2012;2012:980353. doi: 10.1155/2012/980353. Epub 2012 Feb 16.

Mesenchymal stem cells as a potent cell source for bone regeneration.

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Department of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology, ACECR, 1665659911 Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

While small bone defects heal spontaneously, large bone defects need surgical intervention for bone transplantation. Autologous bone grafts are the best and safest strategy for bone repair. An alternative method is to use allogenic bone graft. Both methods have limitations, particularly when bone defects are of a critical size. In these cases, bone constructs created by tissue engineering technologies are of utmost importance. Cells are one main component in the manufacture of bone construct. A few cell types, including embryonic stem cells (ESCs), adult osteoblast, and adult stem cells, can be used for this purpose. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), as adult stem cells, possess characteristics that make them good candidate for bone repair. This paper discusses different aspects of MSCs that render them an appropriate cell type for clinical use to promote bone regeneration.

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