Comparative Analysis of Gene Expression Patterns for Oral Epithelial Cell Functions in Periodontitis

Octavio A. Gonzalez, Sreenatha Kirakodu, Linh M. Nguyen, Luis Orraca, Michael J. Novak, Janis Gonzalez-Martinez, Jeffrey L. Ebersole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The structure and function of epithelial cells are critical for the construction and maintenance of intact epithelial surfaces throughout the body. Beyond the mechanical barrier functions, epithelial cells have been identified as active participants in providing warning signals to the host immune and inflammatory cells and in communicating various detailed information on the noxious challenge to help drive specificity in the characteristics of the host response related to health or pathologic inflammation. Rhesus monkeys were used in these studies to evaluate the gingival transcriptome for naturally occurring disease samples (GeneChip® Rhesus Macaque Genome Array) or for ligature-induced disease (GeneChip® Rhesus Gene 1.0 ST Array) to explore up to 452 annotated genes related to epithelial cell structure and functions. Animals were distributed by age into four groups: ≤3 years (young), 3–7 years (adolescent), 12– 16 years (adult), and 18–23 years (aged). For naturally occurring disease, adult and aged periodontitis animals were used, which comprised 34 animals (14 females and 20 males). Groups of nine animals in similar age groups were included in a ligature-induced periodontitis experiment. A buccal gingival sample from either healthy or periodontitisaffected tissues were collected, and microarray analysis performed. The overall results of this investigation suggested a substantial alteration in epithelial cell functions that occurs rapidly with disease initiation.Many of these changes were prolonged throughout disease progression and generally reflect a disruption of normal cellular functions that would presage the resulting tissue destruction and clinical disease measures. Finally, clinical resolution may not signify biological resolution and represent a continued risk for disease that may require considerations for additional biologically specific interventions to best manage further disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number863231
JournalFrontiers in Oral Health
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Frontiers Media SA. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)
  • Periodontics


Dive into the research topics of 'Comparative Analysis of Gene Expression Patterns for Oral Epithelial Cell Functions in Periodontitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this