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Tooth organogenesis is dependent on reciprocal and sequential epithelial-mesenchymal interactions and is marked by the appearance of phenotypic matrix macromolecules in both dentin and enamel. The organic matrix of enamel is composed of amelogenins, ameloblastin/amelin, enamelins and tuftelin. Dentin is mainly composed of type I collagen, but its(More)
Because the extracellular matrices of dentin and bone are composed mainly of type I collagen, their characteristics are determined by the nature of noncollagenous proteins (NCPs). Among these NCPs, some proteoglycans (PGs) belong to the small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs). Recently, osteoadherin (OSAD) has been described as a new member of this family,(More)
Collagen gene expression during mouse molar tooth development was studied by quantitative in situ hybridization techniques. Different expression patterns of type I and type III collagen mRNAs were observed in the various mesenchymal tissues that constitute the tooth germ. High concentration for pro-alpha 1(I) and pro-alpha 2(I) collagen mRNAs were found(More)
Four mRNA of 10.5, 9.0, 4.0, and 2.8 kb are made from the sericin Ser1 gene by alternative maturation of a unique mRNA precursor. By means of RNA blots and in situ hybridization, we investigated variations in the distribution of these mRNA during the last larval instar in different territories of the middle silkgland. Taken together, the results from these(More)
Embryonic dental cells were used to check a series of criteria to be achieved for tooth engineering. Implantation of cultured cell-cell re-associations led to crown morphogenesis, epithelial histogenesis, organ vascularization, and root and periodontium development. The present work aimed to investigate the organization of predentin/dentin, enamel, and(More)
Odontoblasts form a layer of cells responsible for the dentin formation and possibly mediate early stages of sensory processing in teeth. Several classes of ion channels have previously been identified in the odontoblast or pulp cell membrane, and it is suspected that these channels assist in these events. This study was carried out to characterize the(More)
A primary cilium, a sensory organelle present in almost every vertebrate cell, is regularly described in odontoblasts, projecting from the surfaces of the cells. Based on the hypothesis that the primary cilium is crucial both for dentin formation and possibly in tooth pain transmission, we have investigated the expression and localization of the main cilium(More)
Odontoblasts are highly specialized cells aligned at the edge of the dental pulp. As a step towards understanding the complex mechanisms underlying their terminal differentiation, the gene expression pattern was examined in human cultured odontoblast cells. Suppression substractive hybridization (SSH) was used to establish a substracted cDNA library(More)
Integrins are heterodimeric transmembrane receptors which promote cell adhesion, thus contributing to the maintenance of tissue organization in both normal and pathological conditions. To characterize the way odontoblasts may interact with other cells and the extracellular matrix in human teeth, we studied expression of alpha v beta 3 integrin, a putative(More)
Our knowledge of the gene coding for amelogenin, the major enamel protein, is mainly based on mammalian sequences. Only two sequences are available in reptiles. To know whether the snake sequence is representative of the amelogenin condition in squamates, we have studied amelogenin in two scincid lizards. Lizard amelogenin possesses numerous conserved(More)