ULTRASTRUCTURE
OF
GINGIVA
GINGIVA
 It is that part of
oral mucosa that
covers the
alveolar
processes of jaw
and surrounds
the necks of
teeth
Clinically,
Gingiva is divided
clinically into:
 Marginal gingiva
 Attached gingiva
 Interdental
gingiva
 Gingival sul...
Ultrastructurally,
Gingiva is composed
of
 Overlying
stratified
squamous
epithelium
 Central connective
tissue core
THE EPITHELIUM
 Gingival epithelium is composed of
stratified squamous epithelium( flat scale
like cells with lumen and a...
FUNCTIONS OF EPITHELIUM
 Protective covering for the tissues
beneath and a barrier to entry of foreign
material and micro...
PARTS OF EPITHELIUM
Functionally and morphologically epithelium
is divided into:
 Oral epithelium- which faces oral cavit...
ULTRASTRUCTURE OF EPITHELIUM
 The epithelium covering gingiva is
stratified squamous i.e. the cells are
arranged in layer...
EPITHELIAL PROLIFERATION
 The progenitor cells are situated in basal layer.
 Dividing cells tend to occur in clusters th...
 The control of cell division is
thought to be brought by
locally produced tissue
hormones called as
CHALONES. These are
...
ULTRASTRUCTURE OF
EPITHELIAL CELL
 Cells of basal layer are least
differentiated oral epithelial cells. They
contain not ...
 TONOFILAMENTS- are fibrous proteins
synthesized by the ribosomes and are seen as long
filaments.
 Diameter is approxima...
 Keratins represent 30 different proteins of
differing molecular weights.
 Those with the lowest molecular weight (40 kD...
EPITHELIAL MATURATION
 The cells arising by division in basal layer
undergo a maturation process as they move
to surface....
KERATINIZATION
 This process leads to formation of epithelium
which is inflexible, tough, resistant to abrasion
and tight...
 type appearance
 So, also called as “prickle cell” layer
 Upper layer contains dense granule
“keratinosomes or Odland ...
This process of keratinization forms two
patterns.
(i)orthokeratinization (ii)parakeratinization
ORTHOKERATINIZED
Uppermos...
NON- KERATINIZED
 Basal and prickle cell layers are same
 No sudden changes in cell morphology is observed
above stratum...
NON-KERATINIZED EPITHELIUM
 Important property of any epithelium is its ability
to function as a barrier which depends on close
contact or cohesiven...
 TIGHT JUNCTIONS- the opposing cell
membranes are held in close contact by the
presence of transmembrane adhesive protein...
ADHESIVE JUNCTIONS- Intercellular space is 20 nm
ZONULA ADHERENS
Junction that completely
encircles cells
Transmembrane pr...
COMMUNICATING OR GAP JUNCTIONS
 These are plaque like regions of cell membrane where
intercellular space narrows to 2-3 n...
NON-KERATINOCYTES IN ORAL
EPITHELIUM
 Apart from keratinocytes oral epithelium contains
cells that differ in appearance f...
 MELANOCYTES- These cells arise embryologically from
neural crest ectoderm.
 Present in basal layer and produce melanin,...
 LANGERHANS’ CELLS- present in
suprabasal layers
 Dendritic in nature
 No desmosomes or tonofilaments.
 Antigenic in n...
 MERKEL CELLS- present in basal layer.
 No desmosomes and tonofilaments.
 Unlike the other two cells, it is not dendrit...
 INFLAMMATORY CELLS-seen transiently
in between nucleated cell layers.
 Most commonly seen are lymphocytes.
 Others are...
JUNCTION OF EPITHELIUM AND
CONNECTIVE TISSUE
 The region where the epithelium and underlying
connective tissue meet appea...
HEMIDESMOSOMES FOCAL ADHESIONS
 Basal lamina act as filter to contro passage of
molecules.
 It also has signaling functions essential for
epithelial di...
LAMINA PROPRIA
 The connective tissue supporting the oral
epithelium is termed as LAMINA PROPRIA.
 Divided in two layers...
PAPILLARY LAYER RETICULAR LAYER
-It is the superficial layer - It is the deeper layer
-Collagen fibres are thin - Fibres a...
CELLS OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE
The lamina propria contains several different cells
like fibroblasts , macrophages, mast cells ...
membrane bound vesicles.
 Have a low rate of proliferation except in
healing phases.
MACROPHAGES
 It is also a stellate ...
endoplasmic reticulum
 Cytoplasm contains membrane bound vesicles
that can be identified as lysosomes.
 Principal functi...
 MAST CELL
 Large spherical or elliptical mononuclear
cell
 These cells are present in relation to blood
vessels so the...
FIBRES AND GROUND SUBSTANCE
The intercellular matrix of lamina propria consists
of two major types of fibres
 COLLAGEN
 ...
STRUCTURE OF COLLAGEN
 All collagens are composed of three polypeptide
alpha chains coiled around each other to form
typi...
 Are classified according to structure as
1. Fibrillar collagens( TYPES I, II , III, V and XI)
 These are fibrils formin...
 2. FIBRIL ASSOCIATED COLLAGENS (type IX,
XII,XIV)
 These are collagens with interrupted triple helices
i.e. consist of ...
 They are believed to impart compressive strength
while providing open porous network.
 ANCHORING FIBRIL COLLAGEN (type ...
 ELASTIN FIBRES
 These are rubber like protein produced by fibroblasts
and smooth muscle cells.
 The elastic properties...
GROUND SUBSTANCE
 Ground substance of extracellular matrix consists
of complex mixture of macromolecules.
 These macromo...
 Proteoglycans are large group of cell surface
associated molecules that consists of protein core
to which glycosaminogly...
GROUND SUBSTANCE
MICROCIRCULATION OF GINGIVA
Microcirculatory tracts, blood vessels and
lymphatic vessels play an important role in
drainag...
 Sources of blood supply
 SUPRAPERIOSTEAL ARTERIOLES- along facial
and lingual surfaces of alveolar bone, from which
cap...
 LYMPHATIC drainage of gingiva brings in the
lymphatics of connective tissue papillae .it
progresses into the collecting ...
Ultrastr of gingiva
Ultrastr of gingiva
Ultrastr of gingiva
Ultrastr of gingiva
Ultrastr of gingiva
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  1. 1. ULTRASTRUCTURE OF GINGIVA
  2. 2. GINGIVA  It is that part of oral mucosa that covers the alveolar processes of jaw and surrounds the necks of teeth
  3. 3. Clinically, Gingiva is divided clinically into:  Marginal gingiva  Attached gingiva  Interdental gingiva  Gingival sulcus
  4. 4. Ultrastructurally, Gingiva is composed of  Overlying stratified squamous epithelium  Central connective tissue core
  5. 5. THE EPITHELIUM  Gingival epithelium is composed of stratified squamous epithelium( flat scale like cells with lumen and arranged in layers)  It consists of constantly renewing cell population in which cell produced are just sufficient to match those lost by desquamation at the surface lumen
  6. 6. FUNCTIONS OF EPITHELIUM  Protective covering for the tissues beneath and a barrier to entry of foreign material and micro-organisms.  Active role in innate host defense by responding to bacteria in interactive manner.  Signaling functions
  7. 7. PARTS OF EPITHELIUM Functionally and morphologically epithelium is divided into:  Oral epithelium- which faces oral cavity  Oral sulcular epithelium- which faces tooth without being in contact with it  Junctional epithelium- which provides contact between gingiva and tooth.
  8. 8. ULTRASTRUCTURE OF EPITHELIUM  The epithelium covering gingiva is stratified squamous i.e. the cells are arranged in layers in which the cells arising in the basal region undergo a process of differentiation to form a protective surface layer. The surface layers may have different patterns but similar pattern of differentiation can be recognized in basal layers.
  9. 9. EPITHELIAL PROLIFERATION  The progenitor cells are situated in basal layer.  Dividing cells tend to occur in clusters that are seen more frequently at the bottom of epithelial ridges  These clusters of cells contain two types of cells (i) small population of stem cells which retain proliferative potential of tissue. (ii) larger population of amplifying cells which increase number of cells available for subsequent maturation.
  10. 10.  The control of cell division is thought to be brought by locally produced tissue hormones called as CHALONES. These are produced by post-mitotic epithelial cells and have dual property of stimulating cell differentiation and inhibiting mitosis.  Various cytokines affect cell division and proliferation like epidermal growth factor, keratinocyte growth factor, IL-1, TGF-α and β  Other factors affecting cell division are adrenaline, stress, age, diurnal rhythm.  Turnover time of epithelium varies from 5- 57 days.
  11. 11. ULTRASTRUCTURE OF EPITHELIAL CELL  Cells of basal layer are least differentiated oral epithelial cells. They contain not only organelles like mitochondria, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum and golgi complexes but also contains certain characteristic structures that identify them as epithelial cells and distinguish them from other cell types. These structures are:  Filamentous structures called as tonofilaments  Intercellular bridges or desmosomes.
  12. 12.  TONOFILAMENTS- are fibrous proteins synthesized by the ribosomes and are seen as long filaments.  Diameter is approximately 8nm.  Chemically, they are a class of intracellular proteins known as cytokeratins which are characteristically present in epithelial tissues.  These are classified according to their size and charge.  These become aggregated to form bundles of filaments called as tonofibrils.  Due to presence of these keratin filaments epithelial cells are also called as “ keratinocytes”
  13. 13.  Keratins represent 30 different proteins of differing molecular weights.  Those with the lowest molecular weight (40 kDa) are found in glandular and simple epithelia.  Those with intermediate molecular weight are present in stratified epithelia.  Those with highest molecular weight( 67 kDa) in keratinized stratified epithelium.  All stratified oral epithelia possess keratins 5 and 14  Keratinized oral epithelium contains 1, 6 ,10 and 16  Non keratinized epithelium 4, 13 and 19  Other proteins unrelated to keratins synthesized in cell are KERATOLININ AND INVOLUCRIN. They are precursors of chemically resistant structures located below cell membrane and FILAGGRIN which form matrix of corneocyte.
  14. 14. EPITHELIAL MATURATION  The cells arising by division in basal layer undergo a maturation process as they move to surface.  Maturation follows two patterns: (i) Keratinized (ii) Non- keratinized
  15. 15. KERATINIZATION  This process leads to formation of epithelium which is inflexible, tough, resistant to abrasion and tightly bound to underlying connective tissue. LAYERS OF KERATINIZED EPITHELIUM  STRATUM BASALE- the basal layer in this pattern is composed of cuboidal or columnar cells adjacent to basement membrane. This layers consists of cells which divide and proliferate subsequently  STRATUM SPINOSUM- this layer consists of larger elliptical or spherical cells which shrink away from each other remaining in contact at certain points only giving it a spike or prickle
  16. 16.  type appearance  So, also called as “prickle cell” layer  Upper layer contains dense granule “keratinosomes or Odland bodies”. They are modified lysosomes  STRATUM GRANULOSUM- it consists of larger flattened cells .  The cells typically consist of granules called as “keratohyaline granules”  STRATUM CORNEUM- it is the surface layer composed of flat (squamous) cells.  The uppermost layer is cornified or horny.
  17. 17. This process of keratinization forms two patterns. (i)orthokeratinization (ii)parakeratinization ORTHOKERATINIZED Uppermost layer do not contain any nuclei Stratum granulosum has more no of keratohyaline granules PARAKERATINIZED Uppermost layer contains pyknotic nuclei The keratohyaline granules are less in number and dispersed
  18. 18. NON- KERATINIZED  Basal and prickle cell layers are same  No sudden changes in cell morphology is observed above stratum spinosum.  The outer half of tissue is divided into two arbitrary zones STRATUM INTERMEDIUM STRATUM SUPERFICIALE  Granular layer is absent  Superficial layer consists of nuclei.  This pattern leads to formation of flexible, soft epithelium
  19. 19. NON-KERATINIZED EPITHELIUM
  20. 20.  Important property of any epithelium is its ability to function as a barrier which depends on close contact or cohesiveness of epithelial cells.  Cohesion between cells is provided by a viscous intracellular material consisting of protein- carbohydrate complexes produced by epithelial cells themselves.  In addition, modifications of adjacent cell membranes of cells occur. Main are 1. Occluding junctions (zonula occludens) 2. Adhesive junctions (a) cell to cell (i) zonula adherens (ii) macula adherens(desmosomes) (b) cell to matrix (i) focal adhesions (ii) hemidesmosomes 3. Communicating (gap) junctions
  21. 21.  TIGHT JUNCTIONS- the opposing cell membranes are held in close contact by the presence of transmembrane adhesive proteins (occludin, claudin ) arranged in anastomosing strands that encircle the cell.  They control the passage of material through intercellular spaces
  22. 22. ADHESIVE JUNCTIONS- Intercellular space is 20 nm ZONULA ADHERENS Junction that completely encircles cells Transmembrane proteins are E-cadherin and catenin of cadherin family MACULA ADHERENS Junction that is circumscribed (spot like) Transmembrane proteins are desmoglein and desmocollin of cadherin family
  23. 23. COMMUNICATING OR GAP JUNCTIONS  These are plaque like regions of cell membrane where intercellular space narrows to 2-3 nm.  Transmembrane proteins are of connexin family  These junctions have electrically coupled cells and allow for coordinated response to a stimulus by cells that are interconnected.
  24. 24. NON-KERATINOCYTES IN ORAL EPITHELIUM  Apart from keratinocytes oral epithelium contains cells that differ in appearance from other keratinocytes in having a clear halo around their nuclei so, are termed as CLEAR CELLS or NON- KERATINOCYTES.  These cells make 10% of total cell population. These cells are  MELANOCYTES  LANGERHANS’ CELLS  MERKEL CELLS  INFLAMMATORY CELLS
  25. 25.  MELANOCYTES- These cells arise embryologically from neural crest ectoderm.  Present in basal layer and produce melanin, the color pigment.  Melanin is produced in melanosomes and then inoculated into cytoplasm of adjacent keratinocytes  These cells lack desmosomes and tonofilaments but have long dendritic process extending between keratinocytes.
  26. 26.  LANGERHANS’ CELLS- present in suprabasal layers  Dendritic in nature  No desmosomes or tonofilaments.  Antigenic in nature.  Contain small rod or flask shaped granules called as birbeck’s granules.
  27. 27.  MERKEL CELLS- present in basal layer.  No desmosomes and tonofilaments.  Unlike the other two cells, it is not dendritic in nature.  Contains small granules which may liberate transmitter substance across the synapse- like junction between cell and nerve fibre thus triggering an impulse.  So they are supposed to be sensory and they respond to touch
  28. 28.  INFLAMMATORY CELLS-seen transiently in between nucleated cell layers.  Most commonly seen are lymphocytes.  Others are neutrophils and mast cells. LYMPHOCYTE NEUTROPHIL MAST CELL
  29. 29. JUNCTION OF EPITHELIUM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE  The region where the epithelium and underlying connective tissue meet appears as an undulating interface at which papillae of connective tissue interdigitate with epithelial ridges  Ultrastructurally, this region is called as basal lamina and is highly organized.  This structure along with hemidesmosomes attaches epithelium to C.T. Also there are some focal adhesions presnt.
  30. 30. HEMIDESMOSOMES FOCAL ADHESIONS
  31. 31.  Basal lamina act as filter to contro passage of molecules.  It also has signaling functions essential for epithelial differentiation  It has an overall thickness of 50 to 100 nm.  Has two structural components called as lamina lucida adjacent to epithelium and lamina densa adjacent to connective tissue.  Main constituent is type IV collagen , adhesive glycoprotein laminin and fibronectin.  Also contains type III ( reticular fibres ) and type VII ( anchoring fibrils ) collagen
  32. 32. LAMINA PROPRIA  The connective tissue supporting the oral epithelium is termed as LAMINA PROPRIA.  Divided in two layers: PAPILLARY LAYER RETICULAR LAYER  Lamina propria consists of cells , blood vessels neural elements and fibres embedded in amorphous ground substance.  Shows regional variation.
  33. 33. PAPILLARY LAYER RETICULAR LAYER -It is the superficial layer - It is the deeper layer -Collagen fibres are thin - Fibres are arranged in and loosely arranged. thick bundles and tend to lie parallel tosurface plane.
  34. 34. CELLS OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE The lamina propria contains several different cells like fibroblasts , macrophages, mast cells and inflammatory cells. FIBROBLAST  It is the principle cell present.  Is responsible for elaboration and turnover of fiber and ground substance thus playing a key role in maintaining tissue integrity.  It is fusiform or stellate shaped cell with a long process that lie parallel to bundles of collagen fibres  Is an active synthetic cell that contains numerous mitochondria, extensive granular endoplasmic reticulum, prominent golgi complex and numerous
  35. 35. membrane bound vesicles.  Have a low rate of proliferation except in healing phases. MACROPHAGES  It is also a stellate shaped cell so difficult to distinguish from fibroblast  Smaller and denser nuclei and less granular
  36. 36. endoplasmic reticulum  Cytoplasm contains membrane bound vesicles that can be identified as lysosomes.  Principal function is phagocytosis which is important as it increases the antigenicity before it is presented to lymphocytes for immunologic response.
  37. 37.  MAST CELL  Large spherical or elliptical mononuclear cell  These cells are present in relation to blood vessels so they play a role in maintaining normal tissue stability and vascular homeostasis.  INFLAMMATORY CELLS  Lymphocytes and plasma cells can be seen scattered throughout the lamina propria in small numbers normally  Their number increase during injury and according to nature of injury.
  38. 38. FIBRES AND GROUND SUBSTANCE The intercellular matrix of lamina propria consists of two major types of fibres  COLLAGEN  ELASTIC FIBRES COLLAGEN  It constitutes the most abundant proteins found in the body  The collagen family consists of atleast 30 different genes, which produce 19 known types of collagens
  39. 39. STRUCTURE OF COLLAGEN  All collagens are composed of three polypeptide alpha chains coiled around each other to form typical collagen triple-helix configuration.  Common features include amino acid GLYCINE in every third position, high proline residues and presence of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline.
  40. 40.  Are classified according to structure as 1. Fibrillar collagens( TYPES I, II , III, V and XI)  These are fibrils forming collagens  They show typical 64 nm banding pattern  Type I collagen is most abundantly found collagen.  Type II is found in cartilage  Type III is found in granulation tissue.  Type V is found associated with type I and III and type XI is found associated with type II.
  41. 41.  2. FIBRIL ASSOCIATED COLLAGENS (type IX, XII,XIV)  These are collagens with interrupted triple helices i.e. consist of chains that have different lengths and contain a variety of non-collagenous domains.  IX is associated with type II and the other two with type I.  These collagens are believed to modulate interactions between adjacent fibrils.  3.MESHWORK FORMING COLLAGENS (TYPE VIII and X)  Type VIII is associated with basal laminae  Type X is found in epiphyseal growth plate.
  42. 42.  They are believed to impart compressive strength while providing open porous network.  ANCHORING FIBRIL COLLAGEN (type VII)  It extend from basal lamina to underlying connective tissue.  MICROFIBRIL FORMING COLLAGEN (TYPE VI)  This collagen binds cells, proteoglycans and type I collagen and act as a bridge between them.  TRANSMEMBRANE COLLAGEN (TYPE XIII and XVII)  Help in cell- matrix adhesion
  43. 43.  ELASTIN FIBRES  These are rubber like protein produced by fibroblasts and smooth muscle cells.  The elastic properties are due to numeous intermolecular cross- links between lysine groups, formed by enzymes lysyl oxidase .  Glycoproteins fibrillin 1 and 2 and microfibrils are required.  In absence of elastin they are called as oxytalan fibres  Developing elastic fibres are called as elaunin fibres
  44. 44. GROUND SUBSTANCE  Ground substance of extracellular matrix consists of complex mixture of macromolecules.  These macromolecules interact with cells and the fibrous components of the matrix and are involved in adhesion and signaling events.  The ground substance is highly hydrated which helps in regulating tissue water content and diffusion of nutrients, waste products and other molecules  Fibroblasts synthesize two main classes of macromolecules making up ground substance – proteoglycans and glycoproteins
  45. 45.  Proteoglycans are large group of cell surface associated molecules that consists of protein core to which glycosaminoglycan chains are attached  Their important property is to bind growth factors, cytokines and other biologically active molecules. GLYCOPROTEINS  Major are fibronectin, tenascin,thrombospondin  They are majorly involved in attachment spreading and migration of cells and organization of collagen fibrils. GROWTH FACTORS AND CYTOKINES  Fibroblasts secrete number of growth factors, cytokines and inflammatory mediators like IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, PDGF, keratinocyte growth factor etc.  These have important roles in developmental processes, wound healing and tissue remodelling.
  46. 46. GROUND SUBSTANCE
  47. 47. MICROCIRCULATION OF GINGIVA Microcirculatory tracts, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels play an important role in drainage of tissue fluid and in spread of inflammation. Microcirculation can be evidenced by:  Immunhistochemical reactions  Histoenzymatic reactions  Perfusion of dyes  Scanning electron microscopy  Laser doppler flowmetry
  48. 48.  Sources of blood supply  SUPRAPERIOSTEAL ARTERIOLES- along facial and lingual surfaces of alveolar bone, from which capillaries extend along the sulcular epithelium and between rete pegs of external gingival surface.  VESSELS OF PERIODONTAL LIGAMENT- extend into gingiva and anastomose with capillaries in sulcus area.  ARTERIOLES- emerge from crest of interdental septa and extend parallel to crest of bone, then forming anastomosis with other capillaries. Beneath the epithelium the capillaries extend in papillary connective tissue in the form of terminal hair pin loops.
  49. 49.  LYMPHATIC drainage of gingiva brings in the lymphatics of connective tissue papillae .it progresses into the collecting network external to the periosteum of alveolar processes , then to regional lymph nodes , particularly submaxillary lymph node group  Lymphatics beneath the junctional epithelium extend into the periodontal ligament and accompany the blood vessels
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