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Repair of dentin defects from DSPP knockout mice by PILP mineralization

  • Hamid Nurrohman (a1), Kunkio Saeki (a1), Karina M.M. Carneiro (a1), Yung-Ching Chien (a1), Sabra Djomehri (a1), Sunita P. Ho (a1), Chunlin Qin (a2), Laurie B. Gower (a3), Sally J. Marshall (a4), Grayson W. Marshall (a4) and Stefan Habelitz (a4)...


Dentinogenesis imperfecta type II (DGI-II) lacks intrafibrillar mineral with severe compromise of dentin mechanical properties. A Dspp knockout (Dspp –/–) mouse, with a phenotype similar to that of human DGI-II, was used to determine if poly-L-aspartic acid [poly(ASP)] in the “polymer-induced liquid-precursor” (PILP) system can restore its mechanical properties. Dentin from six-week old Dspp –/– and wild-type mice was treated with CaP solution containing poly(ASP) for up to 14 days. Elastic modulus and hardness before and after treatment were correlated with mineralization from Micro x-ray computed tomography (Micro-XCT). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) were used to compare matrix mineralization and crystallography. Mechanical properties of the Dspp –/– dentin were significantly less than wild-type dentin and recovered significantly (P < 0.05) after PILP-treatment, reaching values comparable to wild-type dentin. Micro-XCT showed mineral recovery similar to wild-type dentin after PILP-treatment. TEM/SAED showed repair of patchy mineralization and complete mineralization of defective dentin. This approach may lead to new strategies for hard tissue repair.


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Repair of dentin defects from DSPP knockout mice by PILP mineralization

  • Hamid Nurrohman (a1), Kunkio Saeki (a1), Karina M.M. Carneiro (a1), Yung-Ching Chien (a1), Sabra Djomehri (a1), Sunita P. Ho (a1), Chunlin Qin (a2), Laurie B. Gower (a3), Sally J. Marshall (a4), Grayson W. Marshall (a4) and Stefan Habelitz (a4)...


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