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Adult Salivary Gland Stem Cells and a Potential Therapy for Xerostomia.
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PMID:  23335219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The ability to speak, swallow, masticate, taste food and maintain a healthy oral cavity is heavily reliant on the presence of saliva, the hugely important effect of which on our everyday lives is often unappreciated. Hyposalivation, frequently experienced by people receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancers, results in a plethora of symptoms whose combined effect can drastically reduce quality of life. Although artificial lubricants and drugs stimulating residual function are available to ameliorate the consequences of hyposalivation, their effects are at best transient. Such management techniques do not address the source of the problem: a lack of functional saliva-producing acinar cells, resulting from radiation-induced stem cell sterilization. Post-radiotherapy stimulation of cell proliferation only results in improved saliva secretion when part of the tissue has been spared or when the dose to the salivary gland remains below a certain level. Therefore, stem cell replacement therapy may be a good option to treat radiation-induced hyposalivation. Substantial progress has been made lately in the understanding of cell turnover in the salivary gland, and the recent identification of stem and progenitor cell populations in the salivary gland provides a basis for studies towards development of a stem cell-based therapy for xerostomia. Here we review the current state of knowledge of salivary gland stem cells and their potential for stem cell-based therapies that may provide a more durable cure for hyposalivation.
Sarah Pringle; Ronald van Os; Robert P Coppes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1549-4918     ISO Abbreviation:  Stem Cells     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304532     Medline TA:  Stem Cells     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 AlphaMed Press.
Department of Cell Biology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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