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Autologous Transplantation of Gingival Fibroblast-Like Cells and a Hydroxylapatite Complex Graft in the Treatment of Periodontal Osseous Defects: Cell Cultivation and Long-Term Report of Cases

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Autogenous cell transplantation via hydroxylapatite (HA) vehicle has been reported to have beneficial effects on the treatment of human periodontal osseous defects. The aim of this study was to explore the possibility of using gingival fibroblast-like cells in the therapy of osseous defects caused by inflammatory periodontitis by reporting long-term results of gingival fibroblast-coated hydroxylapatite (GF–HA) grafting for healing these defects. Gingival fibroblasts were cultured from healthy gingivae of treated subjects. Growth of cells on HA particles was established in vitro, and then the GF–HA complex was transplanted into the periodontal osseous defects. Clinical parameters of gingival and plaque indices, probing depth, and periapical x-ray were monitored at baseline and at various periods from 50 months to 6 years after surgery. Grafting with only HA in the osseous defects of the same patient was used for comparison. The present study shows that GF–HA-treated sites could achieve marked pocket reduction and probing attachment gain at reentry and later recalls. Good clinical bone filling of osseous defects in GF–HA-treated sites was also demonstrated in periapical radiographs (increased bone height and reappearance of the crestal cortex) and in some reentry sites. One HA-treated site was filled with connective tissue only, and the absence of new bone formation was noted during a reentry operation. Another HA-treated site exhibited a comparable increase in radiographic density, while part of HA particles were gradually lost in longer recalls. These limited observations conclude that GF–HA grafting may provide a treatment modality leading to regeneration of periodontal tissues in periodontitis-affected osseous defects. Further studies including more cases and demonstration of the deposition of differentiated periodontal tissues are necessary before further application of this therapy.
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Keywords: Cell transplantation; Gingival fibroblast; Hydroxylapatite; Periodontal regeneration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: *Department of Periodontology, Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University and Hospital, Taipei 100, Taiwan 2: †Division of Periodontics, The 803rd Army General Hospital, Taipei 100, Taiwan

Publication date: 2002-12-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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