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The genetic basis of craniofacial and dental abnormalities


Kouskoura, T; Fragou, N; Alexiou, M; John, N; Sommer, L; Graf, D; Katsaros, C; Mitsiadis, T A (2011). The genetic basis of craniofacial and dental abnormalities. Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin SMfZ, 121(7-8):636-646.

Abstract

The embryonic head development, including the formation of dental structures, is a complex and delicate process guided by specific genetic programs. Genetic changes and environmental factors can disturb the execution of these programs and result in abnormalities in orofacial and dental structures. Orofacial clefts and hypodontia/ oligodontia are examples of such abnormalities frequently seen in dental clinics. An insight into the mechanisms and genes involved in the formation of orofacial and dental structures has been gradually gained by genetic analysis of families and by the use of experimental vertebrate models such as the mouse and chick models. The development of novel clinical therapies for orofacial and dental pathological conditions depends very much on a detailed knowledge of the molecular and cellular processes that are involved in head formation.

The embryonic head development, including the formation of dental structures, is a complex and delicate process guided by specific genetic programs. Genetic changes and environmental factors can disturb the execution of these programs and result in abnormalities in orofacial and dental structures. Orofacial clefts and hypodontia/ oligodontia are examples of such abnormalities frequently seen in dental clinics. An insight into the mechanisms and genes involved in the formation of orofacial and dental structures has been gradually gained by genetic analysis of families and by the use of experimental vertebrate models such as the mouse and chick models. The development of novel clinical therapies for orofacial and dental pathological conditions depends very much on a detailed knowledge of the molecular and cellular processes that are involved in head formation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Institute of Oral Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:28 Oct 2011 12:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:03
Publisher:Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschft
ISSN:0256-2855
PubMed ID:21861247
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-50358

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