Recent advances in the field of oral bacteriology

Mikio Shoji, Toru Takeshita, Fumito Maruyama, Hiroaki Inaba, Kenichi Imai, Miki Kawada-Matsuo

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The oral cavity is inhabited by more than 600 bacterial species; these species compete for nutrients or coexist in order to survive along with the indigenous population. Extreme conditions are prevalent in the oral cavity, and these conditions are influenced by our immunity and variations in nutrition, temperature, and pH. Pathogens that cause dental caries or periodontal disease can survive in these extreme environments; these pathogens are virulent and can cause several diseases. Therefore, research on oral bacteriology is warranted to analyze the virulence factors of these bacteria as well as to ascertain environmental stress responses, interactions between bacteria and human immunity, comparisons of bacterial genomes, and oral microflora. In this review, we provide new data in the fields of bacteriology, immunology, and genomics and describe recent advances in the field of oral bacteriology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-338
Number of pages6
JournalNihon saikingaku zasshi. Japanese journal of bacteriology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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