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Immunohistochemical expression of fibronectin and tenascin after direct pulp capping with calcium hydroxide.

The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of 2 extracellullar matrix glycoproteins, fibronectin (FNC) and tenascin (TNC), following direct pulp capping with calcium hydroxide (CH). Third molars scheduled for extraction were used. Standardized class I cavities with pulp exposures were prepared. After control of bleeding, CH powder was applied in the exposure sites, which were covered with CH cement (Dycal; Dentsply) and the cavities were filled with zinc oxide-eugenol cement. Three teeth were extracted at each post-treatment period (1, 7, 14, and 30 days). Demineralized and paraffin-embedded specimens were stained for histologic technique (hematoxylin-eosin) and for immunohistochemical analysis. Anti-TNC and anti-FNC monoclonal antibodies were used with the streptavidin-biotin complex method. Generally, similar patterns of immunohistochemical expression were observed for TNC and FNC in the pulp tissue as a whole. In the exposure site, TNC immunostaining increased over time, exhibiting a thicker immunostaining pattern within 30 days. The imunohistochemical technique showed expression of both glycoproteins during pulp healing process.[1]


  1. Immunohistochemical expression of fibronectin and tenascin after direct pulp capping with calcium hydroxide. Piva, E., Tarquínio, S.B., Demarco, F.F., Silva, A.F., de Araújo, V.C. Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics. (2006) [Pubmed]
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