Quantitative image analysis of hyaluronan expression in human tooth germs

Szabolcs Felszeghy, Mika Hyttinen, Raija Tammi, Markku Tammi, László Módis

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The expression of hyaluronan in human tooth germs was studied by using a biotinylated hyaluronan-binding complex and quantitative digital image analysis. At the cap stage, dental papilla exhibited a moderate staining, while intense reaction was observed in the apical portion of presecretory ameloblasts, stellate reticulum, and in dental basement membrane. When the enamel and dentine matrices started to develop, a strong hyaluronan reaction was evident in the young enamel and the apical portion of secretory ameloblasts. No hyaluronan could be detected in the secretory ameloblasts and enamel matrix of the early (9-wk-old) post-natal stage. It is concluded that hyaluronan may play a transitory role in the early phase of the development of the enamel matrix organization. A very weak signal was observed in the wall of dentin tubules, whereas the rest of the dentine matrix was not stained. The odontoblasts and the pulp were also moderately stained, and these reactions gradually decreased with age, suggesting that hyaluronan may also contribute to the development of dentine matrix and pulp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Oral Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000


  • Extracellular matrix
  • Human
  • Hyaluronan
  • Image analysis
  • Tooth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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