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Master of Science



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Dr. Harvey A. Schenkein


Cellular adhesion molecules (CAMs) and selectins are cell-surface proteins involved in the binding of cells to the vascular endothelium. Elevated levels of sCAMs and soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin) have been reported in patients with periodontitis. The aim of this study was to determine if periodontal scaling and root planing would influence the serum concentration of sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and sE-selectin. Twenty-one subjects with chronic periodontitis received scaling and root planing in conjunction with blood serum sample analysis using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), to determine if periodontal instrumentation results in changes in serum concentrations of sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and sE-selectin. No change was observed in serum concentration of sICAM-1 or sVCAM-1. However, in a subset of 17 patients a statistically significant change in serum sE-selectin was observed (P < 0.05). This suggests that there is a decrease in endothelial activation following periodontal treatment.


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June 2008