The possibility of genistein as a new direct pulp capping agent

Keijiro Hayashi, Keisuke Handa, Toshiyuki Koike, Takashi Saito

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Genistein, kind of soy isoflavones, is well-known as natural ingredients and consumed as health foods and supplements. They are expected to improve renal function. They have high-affinity to estrogen receptor β expressed predominantly in bone tissue, they prevent osteoporosis specifically and safely. We examined whether genistein can be a new direct capping agent. In this study, we examined the effect of genistein for the proliferation and differentiation of rat dental pulp cells in vitro and the ability of tertiary dentin formation in vivo. As a result, rat dental pulp cells with genistein were increased activity of ALPase and showed alizarin red positive-staining. Calcification-related genes expression has been confirmed by the addition of genistein. From in vivo study, high quality of tertiary dentin formation and minor pulp reaction were observed. From these findings, it was suggested that genistein may be useful agent for direct pulp capping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)976-985
Number of pages10
JournalDental materials journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct pulp capping
  • Genistein
  • Rat dental pulp cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Dentistry(all)


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