A histochemical localization on Maclura pomifera lectin during osteogenesis

M. Nakamura, H. Akita, I. Mizoguchi, M. Kagayama

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Mandibular condyles of 4-week-old Wistar strain rats and mandibles of ICR strain mice from 14 days gestation stage to 2 days postnatal stage were used to investigate the localization of Maclura pomifera lectin (MPA) during two modes of osteogenesis. During endochondral ossification of the mandibular condyle, MPA was only localized at the peripheral regions of calcified cartilage after the destruction of chondrocyte lacunae. Bone extracellular matrix (ECM) was not reacted with MPA. In intramembranous ossification of mice mandibles, MPA was stained intensively in the early bone ECM. The intensity of the MPA reaction decreased during bone development. In both cases of osteogenesis, chondroclasts and osteoclasts showed the strong affinity to MPA. These results indicated that the time- and position-specific changes within ECM proceeded during osteogenesis and that MPA was the useful probe to detect chondroclasts and osteoclasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989 May


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