Miroslav Peterka

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Unlike humans, who have a continuous row of teeth, mice have only molars and incisors separated by a toothless region called a diastema. Although tooth buds form in the embryonic diastema, they regress and do not develop into teeth. Here, we identify members of the Sprouty (Spry) family, which encode negative feedback regulators of fibroblast growth factor(More)
Rodent incisors grow throughout adult life, but are prevented from becoming excessively long by constant abrasion, which is facilitated by the absence of enamel on one side of the incisor. Here we report that loss-of-function of sprouty genes, which encode antagonists of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, leads to bilateral enamel deposition, thus impeding(More)
The development and spatial arrangement of rugae palatinae was investigated using sagittal histological sections through the heads of 12- to 19-day mouse (ICR) embryos (appearance of vaginal plug = day 1) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) visualization. Three distinct, consecutively occurring types of developing rugae were described: 1) rugal anlage(More)
Tooth development has attracted the attention of researchers since the 19th century. It became obvious even then that morphogenesis could not fully be appreciated from two-dimensional histological sections. Therefore, methods of three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions were employed to visualize the surface morphology of developing structures and to help(More)
Tooth morphogenesis is a complex multifactorial process in which differential mitotic activities and cell death play important roles. Upper first (m1) and second (m2) molars from mouse embryos were investigated from early cap to bell stage. m2 differed from m1 by delayed origin of the enamel grooves delimiting the protrusion of the cap bottom towards the(More)
Structures suppressed during evolution can be retraced due to atavisms and vestiges. Atavism is an exceptional emergence of an ancestral form in a living individual. In contrast, ancestral vestige regularly occurs in all members of an actual species. We surveyed data about the vestigial and atavistic teeth in mammals, updated them by recent findings in(More)
The terminal differentiation of odontoblasts is controlled by the inner dental epithelium (IDE) and occurs according to a tooth-specific pattern. It requires temporospatially regulated epigenetic signaling and the expression of specific competence. The patterning of cusp formation was compared with that of odontoblast differentiation in the first lower(More)
Great intra- and interlitter variation in morphological stages is known to exist among mouse embryos of the same strain at a similar chronological stage. With the aim of searching for an easily measurable parameter that correlates well with tooth development, the morpho- and histodifferentiation of teeth were compared in embryos classified according to the(More)
The mouse functional dentition comprises one incisor separated from three molars by a toothless diastema in each dental quadrant. Between the incisor and molars, the embryonic tooth pattern also includes vestigial dental primordia, which undergo regression involving apoptosis in their epithelium. Apoptosis appears to play an important role in achieving the(More)
First lower molar development in the mouse was investigated from the cap to early bell stage using histology, morphometry, TEM and 3D reconstructions. This period was characterized by the histogenesis of the enamel organ (EO), folding of the epithelio-mesenchymal junction and growth of the tooth. The histogenesis of the EO and appearance of the enamel knot(More)