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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Oral Health 1/2015

Bacterial profile of aggressive periodontitis in Morocco: a cross-sectional study

BMC Oral Health > Ausgabe 1/2015
Hanane Chahboun, Maria Minguez Arnau, David Herrera, Mariano Sanz, Oum Keltoum Ennibi
Wichtige Hinweise
Hanane Chahboun and Oum Keltoum Ennibi equally contributed.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests

Authors’ contributions

HC carried out acquisition of data and draft the manuscript. MM carried out the acquisition of data and culture. DH participated in the design of the study, performed the statistical analysis and revised critically the manuscript. MS participated in the design of the study and its coordination. OKE conceived of the study, participated to its coordination and collecting data, and revised critically the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Aggressive periodontitis (AgP) is one of the most severe forms of periodontal diseases. In Morocco, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans has been strongly associated with AgP, however limited knowledge is available about the implication of other periodontal pathogens in this entity. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to evaluate the composition of the subgingival microbiota in Moroccan patients with AgP.


Subgingival plaque samples were collected from 50 aggressive, 13 localized and 37 generalized periodontitis patients. Samples from 20 chronic periodontitis (ChP) patients were taken as controls. Samples collected from the four deepest periodontal pockets in each patient were pooled in pre-reduced transport fluid and examined by culture.


A. actinomycetemcomitans was significantly more frequent (p = 0.004) in generalised AgP compared to ChP, and Porphyromonas gingivalis was less prevalent in localized AgP, when compared with generalized AgP (p = 0.040) or ChP (p = 0.016). Prevotella intermedia, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Tannerella forsythia were also frequently detected in all groups. Mean proportions of A. actinomycetemcomitans were significantly higher in AgP groups, when compared to ChP, and generalized AgP patients harbored significantly higher proportions of P. gingivalis and T. forsythia, when compared to localized AgP or ChP.


A. actinomycetemcomitans, P. gingivalis, T. forsythia, P. intermedia and F. nucleatum were frequently detected in this Moroccan population with AgP. Differences in frequency of detection, counts and proportions of A. actinomycetemcomitans, P. gingivalis and T. forsythia suggests the presence of distinct microbiological profiles for localized AgP, generalized AgP and ChP patients.
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