Treponema denticola

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Treponema denticola

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Scanning electron microscopy of Treponema denticola


A gram-negative, obligate anaerobic, motile and highly proteolytic spirochaete which may be isolated from the oral cavity. Increased amounts of T denticola are linked to periodontitis and periodontal disease. 

Diseases linked to T denticola Early-onset periodontitis, necrotising ulcerative gingivitis, acute pericoronitis

Virulence factors Outer-sheath-associated peptidases, chymotrypsin-like and trypsin-like proteinases, hemolysins, hemagglutinatinins, matrix protein binding adhesins, cell-binding adhesins, and an outer-sheath protein with pore-forming properties

References Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 2001;12(5):399-413
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