M Goldberg, D Septier, S Lécolle, H Chardin, M A Quintana, A C Acevedo, G Gafni, D Dillouya, L Vermelin and B Thonemann
Laboratoire de Biologie et Biomatériaux du Milieu Buccal et Osseux, Faculté de Chirurgie Dentaire, Université Paris V, Montrouge France.
ABSTRACT Extracellular matrix components and cell-derived microstructures are implicated in mineralization processes which occur in dental tissues. The respective role(s) of collagenic and non-collagenic matrix components are reviewed: phosphorylated and non-phosphorylated proteins, proteoglycans and phosphpholipids. Space-filling amphiphilic molecules seem to play an important role in the preorganization and oriented deposition of calcium phosphate on structures serving more or less as passive support in dentine as well as in enamel.