Significance of genetic variations in developmental enamel defects of primary dentition in Polish children

Clin Oral Investig. 2018 Jan;22(1):321-329. doi: 10.1007/s00784-017-2115-1. Epub 2017 Apr 5.


Objectives: The aim of the study was to reveal the association between developmental defects of enamel (DDE) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the ENAM, AMELX, AMBN, TUFT1, and TFIP11 genes.

Material and methods: The molecular analysis was carried out in 52 children, aged 10-42 months, from four nursery schools situated in the region of Poznan, Poland (26 individuals with hypomineralization and/or hypoplasia of enamel - "cases" and 26 unaffected children - "controls"), chosen from 262 individuals that had prior dental examination. Six selected SNP variants (rs17878486 in AMELX, rs4694075 in AMBN, rs3796704 in ENAM, rs134136 and rs5997096 in TFIP11, and rs3790506 in TUFT1) were genotyped by the TaqMan probes assay. Genotype and allele frequencies were calculated, and a standard chi-squared analysis was used to test for deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. The association between genetic variations and developmental defects of enamel was assessed by the Fisher's exact test and p ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: Statistically significant positive correlations were found between the rare T allele (p = 0.005) and the TT genotype (p = 0.0052) for rs17878486 in AMELX and occurrence of developmental enamel defects in primary dentition of children. For rs4694075 in AMBN, a higher incidence of the rare T allele (p = 0.0157) was observed in controls compared to DDE cases, whereas the wild-type CC homozygote was more frequent in DDE cases than in controls (p = 0.0062).

Conclusions: The study showed that the single nucleotide polymorphisms in the AMELX and AMBN genes may be genetic variants that contribute to developmental defects of enamel in primary dentition of children.

Clinical relevance: The single nucleotide polymorphisms of enamel formation genes may increase the risk for developmental defects of enamel (DDE) occurrence in primary dentition in children.

Keywords: Children; Developmental defects; Enamel; Nursery school; Primary teeth.

MeSH terms

  • Amelogenin / genetics*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / genetics*
  • Dental Enamel Proteins / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Poland
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Tooth, Deciduous*


  • AMBN protein, human
  • AMELX protein, human
  • Amelogenin
  • Dental Enamel Proteins