Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care
Micro RNAs and Tooth Development; Model for Organogenesis?
- 1Department of Oral Biology, University of Oslo, Norway
- 2Department of Medical Biochemistry, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
- 3Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromso, Norway
Amer Sehic, Department of Oral Biology, University of Oslo Blindern, Oslo, Norway, E-mail: email@example.com
Sehic, A. MicroRNAs and Tooth Development; Model for Organogenesis? (2015) J Dent & Oral Care 1(2): 1- 3.
© 2015 Sehic, A. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsEctodermal organs; Gene expression; Odontogenesis; Non-protein-coding RNAs; MiRNAs
The developing tooth can be regarded as a typical vertebrate organ starting as an epithelial bud that subsequently develops into a mature organ, a process that entails extensive epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. Functions of various signalling molecules and gene expression during odontogenesis have appealed considerable interest. Although it now is evident that microRNAs (miRNAs) are implicated in tooth development, their regulative role remains essentially unknown. MicroRNAs have been studied in the context of most ectodermal organs but only a few functional studies of their role in tooth development have been published so far. The fine-tuning of this epithelial-mesenchymal network via the miRNAs` regulation is still poorly understood. In view of similarities between development of the tooth and other organs of ectodermal origin, studies of miRNAs` function during tooth development will likely have wide biological relevance.