H2S transforms dental pulp stem cells into liver cells

Feb. 27, 2012

Japanese scientists have found that the odorous compound responsible for halitosis — otherwise known as bad breath — is ideal for harvesting stem cells taken from human dental pulp.

In a study published Feb. 27 in IOP Publishing's Journal of Breath Research, researchers showed that hydrogen sulphide (H2S) increased the ability of adult stem cells to differentiate into hepatic (liver) cells, furthering their reputation as a reliable source for future liver-cell therapy.

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