Home Dentistry Articles Ameloblastin
Ameloblastin, also known as amelin, is a
gene-specific protein found in tooth enamel. Although less than
5% of enamel consists of protein, ameloblastins comprise 5%-10%
of all enamel protein. This protein is formed by ameloblasts
during the early secertory to late maturation stages of amelogenesis.
Although not completely understood, the function of ameloblastins
is believed to be in controlling the elongation of enamel crystals
and generally directing enamel mineralization during tooth development.
Other significant proteins in enamel are amelogenins,
enamelins, and tuftelins.