MAPK mediates Hsp25 signaling in incisor development

Department of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, Yonsei Center of Biotechnology, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-Dong, Seodaemoon-Gu, Seoul, 120-752, Korea.
Histochemie (Impact Factor: 3.05). 03/2009; 131(5):593-603. DOI: 10.1007/s00418-009-0568-2
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Rodent incisors are continuously growing teeth that include all stages of amelogenesis. Understanding amelogenesis requires investigations of the genes and their gene products control the ameloblast phenotype. One of the mechanisms related to tooth differentiation is mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling. The extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK)/mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) cascade is associated with mechanisms that control the cell cycle and cell survival. However, the roles of cascades in incisor development remain to be determined. In this study, we investigated incisor development and growth in the mouse based on MAPK signaling. Moreover, heat-shock protein (Hsp)-25 is well known to be a useful marker of odontoblast differentiation. We used anisomycin (a protein-synthesis inhibitor that activates MAPKs) and U0126 (a MAPK inhibitor that blocks ERK1/2 phosphorylation) to examine the role of MAPKs in Hsp25 signaling in the development of the mouse incisor. We performed immunohistochemistry and in vitro culture using incisor tooth germ, and found that phospho-ERK (pERK), pMEK, and Hsp25 localized in developing incisor ameloblasts and anisomycin failed to produce incisor development. In addition, Western blotting results showed that anisomycin stimulated the phosphorylation of ERK, MEK, and Hsp25, and that some of these proteins were blocked by the U0126. These findings suggest that MAPK signals play important roles in incisor formation, differentiation, and development by mediating Hsp25 signaling.

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    • "Rodent incisors are continuously growing teeth performing all stages of odontogenesis, including amelogenesis and dentinogenesis. In their recent work, Lee et al. (2009) explored mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling during incisor development and growth in the mouse. By using pharmaceutical activation and inhibition of MAPKs in in vitro cultures, important functions of MAPKs for amelogenesis were found, which were partly involving Hsp25 signaling activated by phosphorylated ERK and MEK. "
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