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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effects of acute doses of sodium fluoride on the morphology and the detectable calcium associated with secretory ameloblasts in rat incisors.

Fluoride in high concentrations is known to have an adverse effect on the formation of enamel. The effect of a single injection of two concentrations of sodium fluoride on inner enamel secretory ameloblasts was investigated morphologically by electron microscopy and functionally by assessing the location and relative amount of available calcium, using the potassium pyroantimonate method. The results showed that acute doses of fluoride interfere with the normal function of secretory ameloblasts. The increase in the population of lysosome-like structures observed after fluoride administration is suggestive of defects in the synthetic pathway. Concomitant with the effect of fluoride on secretory ameloblasts is an inhibition of enamel formation, resulting in incomplete enamel rods and leaving large remnants of Tomes' processes buried in the enamel. The distribution of the calcium pyroantimonate deposits found tends to support the concept of calcium traveling between the cells to the enamel. Acute doses of fluoride also reduce the amount of calcium available for complexing with pyroantimonate in the intercellular region.[1]


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