Nagako Yoshiba

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The gene expression and protein distribution of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) -2, -9, membrane type-1 MMP (MT1-MMP), as well as of TIMP-1, -2, and -3 were analyzed during mouse molar development. Immunohistochemical data demonstrated that all the MMPs investigated were expressed in the dental epithelium and mesenchyme. In contrast, gene and protein(More)
Exposed dental pulp is known to possess the ability to form a hard-tissue barrier (dentin bridge). The exact mechanisms by which pulp cells differentiate into odontoblasts in this process are unknown. Fibronectin has been demonstrated to play a crucial role in odontoblast differentiation during tooth development. This study tested the hypothesis that(More)
The immunolocalization of decorin was studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. In the apical area of developing teeth, labelling for decorin was found in the dental papilla cells, prodontoblasts and also in the Hertwig's epithelial cells. Mantle dentine and the initial predentine were negative. In circumpulpal(More)
Class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigen-expressing cells are generally associated with the early phase of the immune response. We have studied the distribution of class II-expressing cells in developing, normal, and carious human teeth to clarify when human pulp acquires an immunologic defense potential and how this reacts to dental caries.(More)
While dental pulp undergoes calcification following tooth replantation or transplantation, we actually know little about these mechanisms. We therefore conducted histological and immunohistochemical evaluations of mineralized tissue that formed in the pulp of rat maxillary molar transplanted into abdominal subcutaneous tissue. One, 2, 3, and 4 weeks(More)
While Er:YAG laser systems are in extensive use for caries removal and cavity preparation, the effects of such treatment on pulp tissue remain unclear. This study evaluates these systems using immunohistochemical methods and compares the results with information gained from treatment using conventional burs. Cervical cavities were prepared in the upper(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the pulpal response to alpha-tricalcium phosphate (alpha TCP) containing calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2). The dental pulps of monkeys were amputated and dressed with four agents: alpha TCP, alpha TCP containing 1% Ca(OH)2, alpha TCP containing 5% Ca(OH)2, and Ca(OH)2 being used as a control. The pulpal responses were(More)
OBJECTIVES GaAlAs lasers induce pulp mineralization by promoting reparative dentinogenesis. This study analyzed the expression of dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) and osteopontin in GaAlAs laser-irradiated rat molars, to examine the hypothesis that these proteins play a role in the laser-induced reparative dentinogenic process. MATERIALS AND METHODS The(More)
Pulpal responses to gallium-aluminum-arsenide (GaAlAs) laser irradiation applied to the tooth remains to be elucidated. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of the GaAlAs laser on odontoblasts using immunohistochemistry for heat-shock protein (HSP)-25, which labels mature and newly differentiated odontoblasts. The mesial surface of the upper right first(More)
Laminin-5 is associated with several epithelial tissues and forms part of the anchoring filaments of hemidesmosomes. Recent data have shown that the expression of laminin-5 subunits is impaired in junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), and, in these patients, enamel hypoplasia is commonly observed. Rodent incisors are continuously growing teeth with an(More)