Melissa A Smalley

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BACKGROUND Reports have identified cells capable of osteogenic differentiation in bone marrow, muscle, and adipose tissues, but there are few direct comparisons of these different cell types. Also, few have investigated the potential connection between a tissue-specific abnormality and cells derived from seemingly unrelated tissues. In this article, the(More)
INTRODUCTION The gene-environmental interaction model for craniofacial development proposes that if a genetic predisposition for an anomaly is coupled with an environmental factor that can exacerbate this predisposition, more severe phenotypes will result. Here, we utilize cells derived from our non-syndromic rabbit model of craniosynostosis to test the(More)
BACKGROUND Craniosynostosis results from improper regulation of bone formation. Investigations of cells derived from patients with craniosynostosis suggest that craniosynostotic bone-derived cells have increased osteogenic or proliferative capacities compared with other cells. Research into the pathogenesis of craniosynostosis using cells derived from(More)
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