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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This fluorescence image analysis method for the quantitative determination of cell adhesion on biomaterials allows bone cells labelled with propidium iodide to be counted automatically, directly on their support. The reliability of the estimation by fluorescence image analysis was validated by comparison with visual counting and with results obtained by an(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)
Members of the TGF-beta family of growth factors are important in modulation of odontoblast secretory activity during dental tissue repair. Odontoblast expression of TGF-beta isoforms during development leads to their sequestration within the dentin matrix, from where they may be released during carious injury and participate in reparative processes. Two(More)
The distribution of collagen type III throughout the pulp tissue from human developing tooth was studied using specific antibodies, immunofluorescence as well as immuno-peroxidase labelling for electron microscopy. Our results indicate that type III and type I collagen are present in the pulp. The staining intensity seems to correlate with the relatively(More)