The distribution of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)- and substance P (SP)-immunoreactive (IR) nerve fibers and their correlation in the periodontal ligament of mouse incisors were examined by indirect immunofluorescence. Both CGRP-IR and SP-IR thin nerve fibers were abundant in the apical and middle third of the periodontal ligament. In the lingual portion of the incisal periodontal ligament, these nerve fibers were localized in the alveolar half of the periodontal ligament and were observed as free nerve endings. No CGRP-IR and SP-IR specialized nerve endings, such as Ruffini-like corpuscles, were observed. In the labial periodontal ligament. CGRP-IR and SP-IR nerve fibers ran along the incisal axis. The distribution of CGRP-IR nerve fibers was very similar to that of SP-IR nerve fibers.
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