Stem cells found in gum tissue may fight inflammatory disease, which would be great news for IBD patients. Apparently, they have a much less inflammatory reaction and heal much faster when compared to skin stem cells. When stem cells from the gum tissue were transplanted into mice with dextrate sulfate sodium-induced colitis — an inflamed condition of the colon — the inflammation was significantly reduced. These stem cells have the ability to develop into different types of cells as well as affect the immune system, which poses wonderful hope for patients with Crohn’s disease.
In the meantime, research on the relationship between IBD and stem cells is still ongoing. If we can be of assistance, give us a call.
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