craniofacial complex

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cra·ni·o·fa·ci·al com·plex

(krānē-ō-fāshăl kompleks)
In aggregate, bones and soft tissues of face and cranium.
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3,5,7) Several signaling pathways have been associated to the development of the craniofacial complex, some of the most studied are BMP (Bone Morphogenetic Protein), SHH (Sonic Hedgehog), WNT (Wingless), TGF-beta (Transforming Growth Factor Beta), FGF (Fibroblast Growth Factor), and the NOTCH signaling pathway has been recently associated to it.
These diseases include orofacial pain, diseases of the temporomandibular joint and muscles (TMJMD), osteoporosis of the craniofacial complex, salivary gland diseases, autoimmune diseases and oral diseases of pregnant women.