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Int J Oral Biol. 2018 Dec;43(4):177-183. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.11620/IJOB.2018.43.4.177
Kim SH , You YO , Ko HM , Kim HJ .
Dental Science Research Institute, Chonnam National University, Republic of Korea.
Institute of Biomaterial ·Implant, Department of Oral Biochemistry, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Republic of Korea.
Institute of Biomaterial ·Implant, Department of Oral Anatomy, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Republic of Korea. khjin1005@wku.ac.kr
Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the expression pattern of Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1) in the maxillary 2(nd) molar germs of rats. We used the maxillary 2(nd) molar germs in rats' pup at postnatal day 3 (bell stage), 6 (crown formation stage) and 9 (root formation stage). The investigation on mRNA and protein levels were done using reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction and western blot. Localization of Keap 1 in the maxillary 2(nd) molar germs were revealed through immunofluorescence staining. Keap1 from the maxillary 2nd molar germs were mostly manifested on postnatal day 3 and dramatically decreased on postnatal day 6 and 9 at mRNA and protein levels, while amelogenin and ameloblastin increased during the development of maxillary 2nd molar germs. During immunofluorescence analysis, the strong immunoreactivity against Keap1 was detected in the apical side of ameloblasts at the presecretory and secretory stages. However, Keap1 expression was hardly observed in the ameloblasts at the maturation stage. These results shows that Keap1 is strongly expressed in the presecretory and secretory ameloblasts of amelogenesis, and suggest that Keap1 may be a crucial molecule for the regulatory mechanisms tasked with the formation of enamel layer.

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