Neuronal Stem Cells from Dental Pulp for Study of Neurogenetic Disease

Can neurons be grown from dental pulp of individuals with neurogenetic syndromes?

Dr Reiter's laboratory at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN is conducting a research study to determine if neurons can be grown from the dental pulp of individuals with various neurogenetic syndromes including chromosomal duplications and deletions of human chromosome 15q. 

What do we need to do to participate?

Participants will be required to submit a genetics report describing their duplication/deletion, Angelman syndrome or control status with regards to 15q. I will provide a tube of cell growth solution and a return package to you at no cost. Should you agree to participate you will only need to provide a fresh tooth specimen, either extracted or one that fell out on its own. Teeth must arrive at Dr. Reiter’s laboratory no more than 48 hours after the time they came out of the mouth and in the special media provided. 

For more information on how to participate, please contact:

Lawrence T. Reiter 
Department of Neurology 
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
Memphis, TN
Phone: 901-448-263

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Please note

You will need to have the tubes prior to collecting teeth.  Please contact Dr. Reiter to request your collection tube.  You will need to include a copy of your genetic report, which can easily be found on your registry page.  Dr. Reiter is happy to accept teeth from families outside of the United States, as long as they are placed in the provided tube immediately after being removed and arrive at his lab within 2-3 days of removal.