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A Protein Present in the Gum May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

February 9, 2022
by Béatrice St-Cyr-Lerous, udemnouvelles

Recent studies have shown that a protein present in the gingival epithelium (the part of the gums that surrounds the teeth) may have antimicrobial properties, in particular against the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis). In addition to playing a significant role in periodontal disease, this bacterium may also be linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The findings of the study led by Antonio Nanci, a researcher and professor in the Department of Stomatology at the University of Montreal, and postdoctoral researcher Charline Mary, in collaboration with colleagues from Université Laval and McGill University, were recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Report.

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1 Comment » for A Protein Present in the Gum May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
  1. Congratulations on an excellent article which demonstartes yet more evidence of an oral-syatemic link regarding disease and disease prevention. It would be interesting to compare results with edentulous patients who lack junctional epithelium. I would also be interested to know if you have found any difference in results between interdental gingiva and facial (or lingual ) gingiva.

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