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J Oral Pathol. 1980 Jan;9(1):1-15.

Bacterial endotoxin: a role in chronic inflammatory periodontal disease?


A review of current information was undertaken examining suggested roles for bacterial endotoxin in periodontal disease. Evidence for the presence of endotoxin in plaque, gingival crevicular fluid and periodontally involved cementum is discussed. The biological effects of endotoxin are numerous, and its abilities to induce tissue inflammation, resorb rat foetal bone, activate the complement pathway, stimulate macrophages and activate immune responses are examined in relation to the suggestion that endotoxin is an important factor in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease.

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