Active Transport Of Calcium Across Dental Enamel Cells- Testing A New Paradigm

Grant number: 350438 | Funding period: 2005 - 2008

Completed

Abstract

Dental enamel defects and tooth loss affect over half our population, resulting in substantial suffering and economic costs. It is likely that many enamel defects could be prevented, and replacement teeth made more lifelike, if more was known about the cells responsible for producing enamel. A particular problem is our lack of understanding about how enamel-forming cells avoid overdosing on calcium, which can lead to cellular toxicity. The overall aim of this research is to use the latest cell biology and biochemical techniques to elucidate the mechanisms of calcium handling in enamel cells, with developing teeth from rat as the experimental model. Our focus is on calcium transport mechanism..

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