Piezo-power microdissection of mature human dental tissue.

Julia Mclachlan, Anthony Smith, Paul Cooper

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Isolation of sufficient quantities of pure populations of odontoblasts from healthy and diseased teeth will facilitate our understanding of dentinogenesis during development and repair. Here we describe a novel Piezo-power microdissection (PPMD) technique for the isolation of pure populations of odontoblasts and pulpal tissue from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded, mature, healthy and carious human teeth. Odontoblasts and pulpal tissue gene expression were subsequently studied in ribonucleic acid isolated from PPMD preparations using a semi-quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction approach. Data confirmed that the genes for dentine sialophosphoprotein and Nestin are preferentially expressed in odontoblasts, whilst the genes for both collagen-1alpha and collagen-3alpha were expressed preferentially in pulpal tissue, particularly in carious samples. PPMD provides a novel and powerful approach to isolate pure populations of dental tissues and cells from fixed specimens for subsequent downstream molecular analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-6
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003


  • odontoblasts
  • RNA
  • microdissection
  • dental pulp
  • gene expression


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