Relative proportions of pathogen-related oral spirochetes (PROS) and Treponema denticola in supragingival and subgingival plaque from patients with periodontitis.J Periodontol. 1992 Feb; 63(2):131-6.JP
The purpose of this study was to use monoclonal antibodies to enumerate spirochetes in dental plaque, including the newly recognized pathogen-related oral spirochete (PROS) and specific serovars of Treponema denticola. Plaque was collected from control subjects with no apparent periodontal disease and from sites of moderate to severe chronic periodontitis in patients with inflammatory periodontal disease. Individual monoclonal antibodies were used to determine whether spirochetes were present and then a double-staining protocol was employed to count total spirochetes and specific treponemes in individual microscopic fields. Results indicate that spirochetes are more common at diseased sites and in subgingival plaque than at healthy sites or in supragingival plaque. Together PROS and T. denticola comprised the majority of all spirochetes in all samples and PROS and T. denticola serovars "B" and D were most numerous in plaque from patients with periodontitis. PROS were the majority of all spirochetes in supragingival plaque (76.2% +/- 23.8%) and subgingival plaque (60.9% +/- 19.1%) from periodontitis patients, significantly larger than the percentage of T. denticola serovar "B" (P less than .001 for both supragingival and subgingival plaque) and serovar D (P less than .01 for supragingival and P less than .001 for subgingival plaque). These observations indicate that PROS are the predominant spirochete in plaque from sites of patients with periodontitis, but other analytical approaches are necessary to determine if PROS or T. denticola are pathogenic.