Melanin: a scavenger in gingival inflammation.

  title={Melanin: a scavenger in gingival inflammation.},
  author={Shah Nilima and K. L. Vandana},
  journal={Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research},
  volume={22 1},
BACKGROUND One of the major direct or indirect targets of ultraviolet exposure of skin is the melanocyte or the melanin -forming cell. Epidermal melanocytes act as a trap for free radicals. Based on the protective role of melanocytes in medical literature, the role of melanin pigmentation in gingiva needs to be elucidated. Periodontal pathogens and their products demonstrate the ability to induce the generation of reactive oxygen species. Hence purpose of this study was to unravel the… CONTINUE READING