Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The ultrastructural distribution and organization of the elastic system fibres, i.e. oxytalan, elaunin and elastic fibres, were studied by transmission electron microscopy and by an immunohistochemical method for the detection of elastin in healthy human gingiva. The morphological distribution of these fibres was characterized by the presence of oxytalan, elaunin and elastic fibres, respectively, in the upper, medium, and deep layers of gingival connective tissue. Anti-elastin antibody reacted with microfibrils and amorphous material of the elastic system fibres throughout the gingival connective tissue. These findings were interpreted as indicating that the microfibrils were associated with small amounts of elastin at their surface.
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