Affinity-purified antibodies produced intense staining for type I collagen in alveolar bone matrix and predentine, and moderate staining in the dentine matrix, lamina propria, connective tissue invaginating into papillary layer of the enamel organ, dental sac and periodontal ligament. No staining occurred in oral epithelium, stellate reticulum, stratum intermedium, ameloblasts and odontoblasts. Fibronectin was distributed similarly except at the interface between the epithelial diaphragm and pre-odontoblasts where type I collagen was absent but fibronectin was present. In contrast, type III collagen showed strong staining in the periodontal ligament and lamina propria but no staining in bone matrix, predentine, dentine and at the interface between the epithelial diaphragm and pre-odontoblasts. The staining pattern for type III collagen was similar to that of type I and fibronectin in other tissues including endosteal reticular tissue, the connective tissue invaginating into papillary layer and the extracellular matrix of the pulp.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Dentistry
- Cell Biology