Teeth stem cells can develop into brain cells

Stem cells from teeth have the capacity to develop into complex neurons, and could provide assistance in the treatment of brain disorders such as strokes.

Laboratory studies led by Dr Kylie Ellis from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Stem Cell Research have found that by providing an environment similar to that of the brain, stem cells derived from teeth changed shape and began to closely resemble neurons.

This has opened up the possibility for a patient’s own teeth stem cells to be used for tailor-made brain therapy, which could aid in recovery for stroke victims.

Read more at University of Adelaide