A major issue in studying human neurogenetic disorders, especially rare syndromes affecting the nervous system, is the ability to grow neuronal cultures that accurately represent these disorders for analysis. Although there has been some success in generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from both skin and blood, there are still limitations to the collection and production of iPS cells from these biospecimens. We have had significant success in collecting and growing human dental pulp stem (DPS) cells from exfoliated teeth sent to our laboratory by the parents of children with a variety of rare neurogenetic syndromes. This protocol outlines our current methods for the growth and expansion of DPS cells from exfoliated (baby) teeth. These DPS cells can be differentiated into a variety of cell types including osteoblasts, chondrocytes, and mixed neuron and glial cultures. Here we provide our protocol for the differentiation of early passage DPS cell cultures into neurons for molecular studies. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
SHED teeth; deciduous teeth; dental pulp stem cells; neurogenetics; rare disorders; stem cells