MacDougall,M., Zeichner-David,M., and, Slavkin,H.C.
Production and characterization of antibodies against murine dentine phosphoprotein.
Biochemical Journal 232(2):493-500 (1985).
Experiments were designed to produce and characterize a polyclonal antibody directed against mouse dentine phosphoprotein, the major non-collagenous protein of the dentine extracellular matrix. Dental extracellular matrix proteins from 2-day-postnatal Swiss- Webster-mouse tooth organs were extracted with 0.5 M-acetic acid, followed by 4 M- guanidinium chloride/0.5 M-EDTA. Mouse dentine phosphoprotein yields were further increased by precipitation with 1 M-CaCl2. Final purification was achieved by excising and eluting dentine phosphoprotein polypeptide bands from preparative sodium dodecyl sulphate/urea/polyacrylamide gels. Mouse dentine phosphoprotein is a single component of approx. 72 kDa and has a characteristic amino acid composition of 33% aspartic acid and 55% serine/phosphoserine. A polyclonal antibody was raised in rabbits against purified mouse dentine phosphoprotein and was shown to be monospecific by enzyme- linked immunoabsorbent, dot-immunobinding and 'Western transfer' assays. This antibody was used to detect the expression and localization of dentine phosphoprotein in 1-day-postnatal mouse tooth organs. This antigen was localized intracellularly within the monolayer of odontoblasts, which line the perimeter of the dental papilla mesenchyme, and within the odontoblastic cell processes, which traverse the predentine matrix. Newly forming mineralized dentine matrix was also cross-reactive with the dentine phosphoprotein specific antibody. The non-mineralized predentine matrix did not contain any detectable cross-reactive antigens.

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