The distribution of exogenous horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the secretory ameloblast layer of developing rat molar tooth germs was examined in a culture system with and without colchicine. The secretory ameloblast of cultured tooth germs engulfed HRP added to the medium regardless of the presence of colchicine. The reaction product was localized in various vesicles and granules. Without colchicine in the medium, many small vesicles containing HRP were located in the Tomes' processes, whereas only a few were present with colchicine at concentrations above 5 μM. An intense reaction of HRP also appeared in the distal extracellular spaces beyond the distal junctional complexes of ameloblasts cultured without colchicine, whereas it became almost indiscernible in the tooth germs cultured with colchicine. The lack of HRP in the Tomes' processes and distal extracellular spaces of ameloblasts treated with colchicine might be attributed to the disruption of microtubules. The present study suggests that the secretory ameloblast is able to transport tracer molecules through the intracellular pathway from the proximal and lateral extracellular spaces to the distal extracellular space.
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