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Notch2 protein distribution in human teeth under normal and pathological conditions.

Notch signaling is essential for the appropriate differentiation of many cell types during development and, furthermore, is implicated in a variety of human diseases. Previous studies have shown that although the Notch1, -2, and -3 receptors are expressed in developing and injured rodent teeth, Notch2 expression was predominant after a lesion. To pursue the role of the Notch pathway in tooth development and disease, we have analyzed the expression of the Notch2 protein in embryonic and adult wounded human teeth. During the earlier stages of tooth development, the Notch2 protein was expressed in the epithelium, but was absent from proliferating cells of the inner enamel epithelium. At more advanced stages, Notch2 was expressed in the enamel-producing ameloblasts, while it was absent in mesenchyme-derived odontoblasts that synthesize the dentin matrix. Although Notch2 was not expressed in the pulp of adult intact teeth, it was reexpressed during dentin repair processes in odontoblasts and subodontoblastic cells. Transforming growth factor beta-1, which stimulates odontoblast differentiation and hard tissue formation after dental injury, downregulated Notch2 expression in cultured human dental slices, in vitro. These observations are consistent with the notion that Notch signaling is an important element in dental physiological and pathogenic conditions.[1]


  1. Notch2 protein distribution in human teeth under normal and pathological conditions. Mitsiadis, T.A., Roméas, A., Lendahl, U., Sharpe, P.T., Farges, J.C. Exp. Cell Res. (2003) [Pubmed]
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