This study examined the kinds of desmosomal proteins in the human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PDLFs). The PDLFs obtained from young and older patients were cultured and the amounts of desmosomal proteins were measured by ELISA with antibodies to desmoplakins, desmogleins, and desmocollins. Cultured cells and tissue sections of the human periodontal ligament were immunostained with the same antibodies. Expression of desmosomal proteins in the PDLFs was clearly demonstrated both by ELISA and the immunohistochemical studies, suggesting the existence of desmosome-like junctions in the PDLFs. The junctions are considered to protect gap junctions in the PDLFs against cell transformation caused by cell contraction, which may relate to tooth eruption and repair of periodontal tissue, and/or strong occlusal forces. Statistically significant differences (P<0.0001) in the expression of desmoplakins and desmogleins between younger and older patients were observed in this study.
|ジャーナル||Tissue and Cell|
|出版ステータス||Published - 12月 1999|
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