Plastic casts and confocal laser scanning microscopy applied to the observation of enamel tubules in the red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus)

Masatsugu Suzuki, Natsumi Ushijima, Ayako Kohno, Yoshihiko Sawa, Shigemitsu Yoshida, Mitsuo Sekikawa, Noriyuki Ohtaishi

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Abstract

Scanning electron microscopy for plastic casts and confocal laser scanning microscopy for Villanueva bone-stained ground sections were used together to observe enamel tubules in red kangaroo molars. Although the tubular structures such as terminals, bends, expansions, splits, divergences and rejoinings in this species were within the variations of marsupial species, their morphological characteristics were demonstrated with extremely clear and persuasive images. Thus, the combined observations of plastic casts by scanning electron microscopy and Villanueva bone-stain sections by confocal laser scanning microscopy were found to be of value for the investigation of enamel tubules and tubular structures in other hard tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalAnatomical Science International
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Confocal laser scanning microscope
  • Enamel tubule
  • Plastic cast
  • Red kangaroo
  • Scanning electron microscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy

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