Chapter 2

Epithelial Oral Stem Cells

Pieter J. Slootweg and Sabina Zurac

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the epithelial stem cells in oral mucosa. It starts with the characterization of the normal epithelial stem cells (location, methods of identification, stemness markers). Next, it discusses the concept of cancer stem cells: origin, cancer stem cell markers, cancer stem cells niche and interference with treatment. Finally, the chapter discusses the role of oral stem cells in oral mucosa wound repair.

Total Pages: 37-62 (26)

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