Preparation of absorption-resistant hard tissue using dental pulp-derived cells and honeycomb tricalcium phosphate

Kiyofumi Takabatake, Keisuke Nakano, Hotaka Kawai, Yasunori Inada, Shintaro Sukegawa, Shan Qiusheng, Shigeko Fushimi, Hidetsugu Tsujigiwa, Hitoshi Nagatsuka

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In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the treatment of bone defects using undifferentiated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in vivo. Recently, dental pulp has been proposed as a promising source of pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which can be used in various clinical applications. Dentin is the hard tissue that makes up teeth, and has the same composition and strength as bone. However, unlike bone, dentin is usually not remodeled under physiological conditions. Here, we generated odontoblast-like cells from mouse dental pulp stem cells and combined them with honeycomb tricalcium phosphate (TCP) with a 300 µm hole to create bone-like tissue under the skin of mice. The bone-like hard tissue produced in this study was different from bone tissue, i.e., was not resorbed by osteoclasts and was less easily absorbed than the bone tissue. It has been suggested that hard tissue-forming cells induced from dental pulp do not have the ability to induce osteoclast differentiation. Therefore, the newly created bone-like hard tissue has high potential for absorption-resistant hard tissue repair and regeneration procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3409
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2 2021


  • Dental pulp
  • Dentin formation
  • Honeycomb TCP
  • Matrix formation
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Osteodentin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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