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Ameloblastin is processed by protease(s) during enamel formation. We tested the hypothesis that MMP-20 (enamelysin) catalyzes the cleavages that generate secretory-stage ameloblastin cleavage products. We isolated a 23-kDa ameloblastin cleavage product from developing enamel and determined its N-terminus sequence. Ameloblastin was stably expressed and(More)
Ameloblastin null mice fail to make an enamel layer, but the defects could be due to an absence of functional ameloblastin or to the secretion of a potentially toxic mutant ameloblastin. We hypothesized that the enamel phenotype could be rescued by the transgenic expression of normal ameloblastin in Ambn mutant mice. We established and analyzed 5 transgenic(More)
Enamel formation produces the most highly mineralized tissue in the human body. The growth of enamel crystallites is assisted by enamel proteins and proteinases. As enamel formation progresses from secretory to maturation stages, the composition of the matrix with its mineral and non-mineral components dynamically changes in an inverse fashion. We(More)
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