S-Space College of Dentistry/School of Dentistry (치과대학/치의학대학원) Dept. of Dentistry (치의학과) Journal Papers (저널논문_치의학과)
Roles of salivary proteins in the adherence of oral streptococci to various orthodontic brackets
- Ahn, S-J; Kho, H-S; Lee, S-W; Nahm, D-S
- Issue Date
- Journal of Dental Research 81:411-415
- Knowledge of salivary pellicles on orthodontic brackets provides a better understanding of microbial adherence. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of bracket pellicles on the adherence of Streptococcus gordonii and Streptococcus mutans. Bracket pellicles were formed by the incubation of 4 kinds of orthodontic brackets with unstimulated whole saliva for 2 hrs, and analyzed by electrophoresis, immunodetection, and amino acid analysis. Binding assays were then performed by the incubation of tritium-labeled streptococci with the pellicle-transfer blots and orthodontic brackets. The results showed that low-molecular-weight mucin, alpha-amylase, secretory IgA, acidic proline-rich proteins, and cystatins adhered to all kinds of brackets, though the amino acid composition of pellicles differed between bracket types. Some of these proteins increased the binding of S. gordonii to saliva-coated brackets. However, salivary pellicles decreased the binding of S. mutans. Collectively, salivary pellicles were found to play a significant role in the initial adhesion of oral streptococci to orthodontic brackets.
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