Mahesh H. Mankani

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Dentinal repair in the postnatal organism occurs through the activity of specialized cells, odontoblasts, that are thought to be maintained by an as yet undefined precursor population associated with pulp tissue. In this study, we isolated a clonogenic, rapidly proliferative population of cells from adult human dental pulp. These DPSCs were then compared(More)
MT1-MMP is a membrane-bound matrix metalloproteinase (MT-MMP) capable of mediating pericellular proteolysis of extracellular matrix components. MT1-MMP is therefore thought to be an important molecular tool for cellular remodeling of the surrounding matrix. To establish the biological role of this membrane proteinase we generated MT1-MMP-deficient mice by(More)
Activating missense mutations of the GNAS1 gene, encoding the alpha subunit of the stimulatory G protein (Gs), have been identified in patients with the McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS; characterized by polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, café au lait skin pigmentation, and endocrine disorders). Because fibrous dysplasia (FD) of bone also commonly occurs outside(More)
Decorin (dcn) and biglycan (bgn), two members of the family of small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs), are the predominant proteoglycans expressed in skin and bone, respectively. Targeted disruption of the dcn gene results in skin laxity and fragility, whereas disruption of the bgn gene results in reduced skeletal growth and bone mass leading to(More)
BACKGROUND Bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC) transplantation may offer an efficacious method for the repair of bone defects. This approach has been developed using BMSCs expanded ex vivo in medium with fetal bovine serum (FBS). For clinical applications, however, contact of BMSCs with FBS should be minimized. We studied the effect of FBS substitutes on both(More)
Successful closure of bone defects in patients remains an active area of basic and clinical research. A novel and promising approach is the transplantation of human bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs), which have been shown to possess a significant osteogenic potential. The extent and quality of bone formation by transplanted human BMSCs strongly depends on(More)
HYPOTHESIS A high prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in soft tissue infections presents a treatment challenge. DESIGN Retrospective analysis. SETTING The San Francisco General Hospital Integrated Soft Tissue Infection (ISIS) Clinic. PATIENTS Patients treated at the ISIS Clinic from July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2003. MAIN(More)
We report the isolation of adherent, clonogenic, fibroblast-like cells with osteogenic and adipogenic potential from the blood of four mammalian species. These cells phenotypically resemble but are distinguishable from skeletal stem cells found in bone marrow (stromal stem cells, "mesenchymal stem cells"). The osteogenic potential of the blood-borne cells(More)
Cultures of primary human cementum-derived cells (HCDCs) were established from healthy premolar teeth extracted for orthodontic reasons. Cementum was manually dissected, fragmented, and digested twice with collagenase. Following a thorough wash to remove liberated cells, the remaining cementum fragments were plated in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium/F12(More)
Using a variety of cell separation techniques and cultivation conditions, circulating, adherent, connective tissue, clonogenic cells were found in just 3 donors out of 66, demonstrating that these precursors are extremely rare in postnatal human blood. Contrary to humans, guinea pig blood shows much more reproducible connective tissue colony formation; it(More)