estimate and correlate level of ALP in smokers and non-smokers with chronic periodontitis. Materials and Methods: Study
population included 30 patients in the age group of 18-60 years suffering from
moderate generalized chronic periodontitis with present history of smoking. The subjects were randomly divided into three
groups: (1).Group I: Healthy
patients. (2).Group II: Non-smokers
with Chronic Periodontitis. (3).Group III: Smokers with Chronic
Periodontitis. Following parameters
were evaluated were probing pocket depth (PD), plaque index, bleeding index. A
higher level of ALP in saliva samples of smokers with periodontitis was
chronic periodontitis, saliva, smokers.
a chronic inflammatory disease of periodontium, which destroys the connective
tissue and bone that supports teeth.1 Periodontal
disease generally occurs due to an imbalance between pathogenic microbes and
the local and systemic host responses. However, chronic periodontitis is known
to vary by race, gender, and socioeconomic status, suggesting that factors
related to the social environment may also have major role in terms of disease
be a useful tool in predicting ongoing or future disease activity. They may
also possess the ability to determine the current activity status of
historically diseased sites.
1.Bacteria and their products,
2.Inflammatory and immune products,
3.Enzymes released from host cells.
4.Connective tissue degradation products,
5.Products of bone resorption
gingival crevicular fluid, plaque and serum can be used as source of specimen
for these markers. The enzymes released from host cells can be easily obtained
within the oral cavity either from gingival crevicular fluid or from whole
saliva. As the whole saliva contains secretions from gingival crevicular fluid,
it contains enzymes released by host cells in periodontal pocket during
Alkaline phosphatase is an important
indicator of bone formation and is a phenotypic marker for osteoblast cells. The
first one identified host enzymes was alkaline phosphatase. Alkaline
phosphatase is detected in the parotid, submandibular, and minor salivary
glands, as well as in desquamated epithelial cells, leukocytes, and bacteria
from dental plaque. 3
smoking is a risk factor for many diseases, and mounting evidence suggests that
smoking adversely influences periodontal health. Many authors supported the
role of smoking as a risk factor for periodontitis and stated that the
potential risk reduces with cessation of smoking.4 The response of an organism to the periodontal infection
includes production of several enzymes and inflammation markers which can be analyzed
both in serum as well as saliva.
to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the smokers are classified
Current smokers: Those that had smoked ? 100 cigarettes over their lifetime and
smoked at the time of interview.
Former smokers: Those that had smoked ? 100 cigarettes over their
lifetime but were not currently smoking.
Non-smokers: Those that had not smoked ? 100 cigarettes in their
Gao et al (1999)
found that ALP activity was highest in osteoblasts, moderate in periodontal
ligament, fibroblasts, and lowest in gingival fibroblasts. No activity was
detected in cementoblasts .5
Aim of this
study is to estimate and correlate level of alkaline phosphatse in smokers and
non-smokers with chronic periodontitis.
Material & Methodology:
Sample size :
10 Patients were selected per group:
subjects were randomly divided into three groups:
(1).Group I: Healthy patients
(2).Group II: Non-smokers
with Chronic Periodontitis
(3).Group III: Smokers
with Chronic Periodontitis
Patients with moderate
generalized chronic periodontitis.
classification of smokers, patient must be a current smoker.
age between 30 to 60 years.
must have 20 teeth.
antibiotic consumption in last 6 months.
who have not undergone any periodontal treatment in last 6 months.
with regular medications for any systemic diseases that might alter alkaline
with mental or physical disability.
on antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs in last 3 months.
Betel nut users.
study was conducted in the Department of Periodontology & Implantology of among
the patients visiting the daily OPD of the same college. A total of 30 subjects
aged between 30 and 60 years were included in this study. Of these subjects 10 were
healthy (Group I) and 10 were chronic periodontitis devoid of smoking (Group
II). For comparison 10 healthy individuals were smokers with chronic
periodontitis (Group III).
The following standardized
materials and equipment used for the purpose of study:
1. AutoZyme Alkaline Phosphatase Kinetic
2. Semi autoanalyzer
3. Remi Centrifugal machine
4. Eppendorff tube
5. Ice bag
6. UNC 15 probe
7. Mouth mirror
Centrifugal macchine Eppendroff tube AutoZyme ALP kinetic
were instructed to refrain from eating, drinking, and practicing oral hygiene
procedures 2 hours before saliva collection. Whole unstimulated saliva was
collected from all patients using expectoration into eppendroff tube. Collected samples were
immediately placed on ice and transported to the laboratory, where they were
centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 10 minutes and the clear supernatants were
estimation of alkaline phosphatase, a diagnostic kit was used. The kit consisted
of two reagents:
2. Magnesium ion
Tris/carbonate buffer (pH 10.2±0.2 at 25ºC)
enzyme level was performed by a enzyme activity measurement kit. The
measurement of alkaline phosphatase enzyme level in saliva was done with
dilution of the mentioned liquid. The samples (5ml) collected from saliva were
diluted in 250 ?l of 20 mMMgC12, 200 mM Tris (pH 9.8± 0.1) and 1 mg/ml of
p-nitro phenol phosphate buffer and were incubated at 37 ºC for 3 hours. The
interaction was then terminated by addition of 5 ?l of NaOH and the amount of
absorption was determined by spectrophotometry and recorded in the form of
enzyme activity unit.
ALP level in
saliva was measured with the automatic biochemistry analyzer (Furuno, Japan).
Data were summarised as Mean ± SD
(standard deviation). Data were analyzed with ANOVA and Tukey’s test. Groups
were compared by one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the significance of
mean difference between the groups was done by Tukey’s HSD (honestly
significant difference) post hoc test. A two-tailed (?=2) P<0.05 was considered statistically significant. Analysis was performed on SPSS software (windows version 17.0). Results The present study compares salivary level of alkaline phosphatase in smokers and non-smokers with chronic periodontitis. Total 30 subjects age and sex matched were included in the study. 10 subjects each in Group I (healthy subjects), Group II (chronic periodontitis without smoking) and Group III (chronic periodontitis with smoking) were recruited. The primary outcome measures of the study were alkaline phosphatase (IU) and probing depth (mm). Alkaline phosphatase The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) of three groups are summarised in Table 1. The mean ALP was highest in Group III followed by Group II and Group I the least (Group III > Group II > Group
I). Comparing the mean alkaline phosphatase of the groups, ANOVA showed
significantly different ALP among the groups (F=45.40, P<0.001). Further, comparing the mean ALP between the groups, Tukey test showed significantly (P<0.001) different and higher ALP in both Group II (68.0%) and Group III (70.3%) as compared to Group I (Table 2 and Fig. 1). However, it did not differ (P>0.05) between Group II and Group III though it was 7.1% higher in Group
III as compared to Group II.
<0.001 Group II 213.20 ± 42.40 Group III 229.40 ± 40.46 Table 1: Alkaline phosphatase (IU) of three groups Comparisons Mean Diff. q value P value 95% CI of Diff Group I vs. Group II -145.00 11.01 P < 0.001 -191.20 to -98.78 Group I vs. Group III -161.20 12.24 P < 0.001 -207.40 to -115.00 Group II vs. Group III -16.20 1.23 P > 0.05
-62.42 to 30.02
Table 2: Comparison of
mean alkaline phosphatase between the groups by Tukey test
as compared to Group I
Fig 1. Mean alkaline
phosphatase of three groups.
The probing depth (PD)
of three groups are summarised in Table 3.
The mean PD was highest in Group III followed by Group II and Group I
the least (Group III > Group II > Group I). Comparing the mean PD of the groups,
ANOVA showed significantly different PD among the groups (F=13.48, P<0.001). Further, comparing the mean PD between the groups, Tukey test showed significantly (P<0.001) different and higher PD in both Group II (39.0%) and Group III (41.9%) as compared to Group I (Table 4 and Fig. 2). However, it did not differ (P>0.05) between Group II and Group III though it was 4.7% higher
in Group III as compared to Group II.
<0.001 Group II 4.10 ± 0.99 Group III 4.30 ± 0.95 Table 3: Probing depth (mm) of three groups Comparisons Mean Diff. q value P value 95% CI of diff Group I vs. Group II -1.60 5.95 P < 0.001 -2.54 to -0.66 Group I vs. Group III -1.80 6.70 P < 0.001 -2.74 to -0.86 Group II vs. Group III -0.20 0.74 P > 0.05
-1.14 to 0.74
Table 4: Comparison of
mean probing depth between the groups by Tukey test
***P<0.001- as compared to Group I Fig. 2. Mean probing depth of three groups. Correlation The correlation between alkaline phosphatase and probing depth was also evaluated and summarised graphically in Fig. 3. The Pearson correlation analysis showed a significant and positive (direct) correlation between alkaline phosphatase and probing depth (r=0.71, P<0.001) indicating that as alkaline phosphatase increases probing depth also increases. Fig 3. Correlation between alkaline phosphatase and probing depth. Discussion: Periodontitis is a chronic destructive category of periodontal disease that leads to the alveolar bone resorption, which leads to bone and tooth loss. As a result of resorption, breakdown of products are released into periodontal tissues, migrating toward the gingival sulcus, and finally reaches saliva and then they are collected there.6,7 The response of an organism to the periodontal infection includes production of several enzymes and inflammation markers which can be analyzed in saliva.8 In peridontitis, one of the mechanism of collagen loss is fibroblast phagocytize collagen fibers which contributes to the total alkaline phosphatse level.9 Alkaline phosphatase is found primarily in the liver (isoenzyme ALP 1), in the bone (isoenzyme ALP 2) and small amount produced by cell lining the instestine (isoenzyme ALP 3), the placenta and the kidney.10-12 It is released by many cells polymorphonuclear neutrophils during inflammation, osteoblasts during bone formation and periodontal ligament fibroblasts during periodontal regeneration. It is most effective in an alkaline environment. The optimal pH for the ctivity of alkaline phosphatase is 8.0-8.5 depending on the source.13 Alkaline phosphatase is stored in specific granules as well as secreted by vesicles of neutrophils and is mainly released during their migration to the site of infection.14 Cigarette smoking is associated with periodontal disease and is a major risk factor that lead to increased severity of periodontal disease as rate of disease progresses.15 Gingival redness was lower in smokers as compared to non- smokers due to suppression of the normal inflammatory response to plaque and calculus. The reduced gingival bleeding was due to the vasoconstrictive effects.16,17 The vasoconstriction of peripheral blood vessels which occurs due to smoking can also affect the periodontal tissue and can lead to less overt signs of gingivitis such as redness, bleeding and exudation.17 Smoking creates an environment that favors colonization of pathogens in shallow sites and could help to explain the initiation of disease at new sites and the development of periodontitis in young smokers. It has been demonstrated mean probing depth was highest in smokers than non-smokers. The increased PD and CAL levels in smokers may be dependent on accumulation of dental plaque and poor oral hygiene. Higher levels of ALP in saliva of smokers with periodontitis could explain the higher rate of alveolar bone destruction in smokers. There is increased number of crevicular PMNs in the gingival sulcus and saliva. Most of the studies are related to levels of ALP in GCF of patients with periodontal disease. 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