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    Junctional epithelium (JE) connects the tooth surface and gingival epithelium and adheres directly to the tooth enamel. JE plays an important role as a barrier preventing the invasion of exogenous bacteria and substances. However, the cellular characteristics of this epithelium have not been adequately described, because no useful in vitro experimental model exists for JE. We generated a novel JE cell line, mHAT-JE01, using naturally immortalized dental epithelium derived from incisor labial cervical cells and by selecting cells that adhered to apatite. mHAT-JE01 was characterized by immunohistochemistry and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and compared with the gingival epithelial cell line, mOE-PE01. The mHAT-JE01 cells had a higher capacity for producing JE-specific markers than oral mucous epithelial cells. In addition, the presence of lipopolysaccharides from Porphyromonas gingivalis downregulated the expression of JE protein markers in mHAT-JE01 cells. This cell line is stable and presents the opportunity to characterize JE efficiently, which is essential for the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. Copyright © 2023 Japanese Association for Oral Biology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


    Shojiro Ikezaki, Keishi Otsu, Mika Kumakami-Sakano, Hidemitsu Harada. A novel junctional epithelial cell line, mHAT-JE01, derived from incisor epithelial cells. Journal of oral biosciences. 2023 Mar;65(1):47-54

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