Peritubular dentin, a highly mineralized, non-collagenous, component of dentin: isolation and capture by laser microdissection

  • Jason R. Dorvee (Creator)
  • Alix Deymier-Black (Creator)
  • Lauren Gerkowicz (Creator)
  • Arthur Veis (Creator)



We demonstrate the capability and technique to perform microdissection and isolation of select regions of untreated, mineralized dentin using laser capture. Dentin is a complex, non-homogeneous tissue comprised of a mineralized collagenous matrix (intertubular dentin [ITD]), odontoblastic processes (ODPs), a void space (tubules) that forms within the ITD left behind by the retraction of ODPs during dentin maturation, and a highly mineralized non-collagenous component that exists at the interface between the tubules and ITD known as peritubular dentin (PTD). PTD forms as the dentin matures. The ODPs retract toward the direction of the pulp; leaving very little PTD at either the DEJ or near the pulp. Statistical analysis of thin cross-sections of coronal bovine dentin imaged by light microscopy reveal that the area occupied by PTD >50%. To examine the nature of PTD and its relation to both the tubules and ITD, we devised a series of steps to carefully prepare sections of coronal bovine dentin so that areas of the dentin tissue could be cut and isolated for further analysis. We demonstrate that it is possible to selectively isolate targeted regions of dentin for analysis and that high resolution analysis of such sections can be performed using electron microscopy. Results show that the mineralized PTD has a different texture than mineralized ITD and that there is a distinct boundary between the PTD and the ITD. Selective isolation of mineralized tissue components for further analytical study opens the door for the investigation of similar enigmatic mineralized structures.
Date made available2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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