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Brazilian Dental Journal

versão impressa ISSN 0103-6440versão On-line ISSN 1806-4760

Braz. Dent. J. vol.28 no.2 Ribeirão Preto mar./abr. 2017 


Triazine Compound as Copolymerized Antibacterial Agent in Adhesive Resins

Priscila Raquel Schiroky1 

Vicente Castelo Branco Leitune1 

Isadora Martini Garcia1 

Fabrício Aulo Ogliari2 

Susana Maria Werner Samuel1 

Fabrício Mezzomo Collares1 

1Dental Materials Laboratory, Conservative Dentistry Department, Dental School, UFRS - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

2School of Engineering Materials, UFPel - Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil


The aim of this study was to formulate and evaluate an experimental adhesive resin with the addition of 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine at different concentrations. Experimental adhesive resins were obtained by mixing 50% wt bisphenol A glycol dimethacrylate (BisGMA), 25% wt triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), 25% wt 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and photoinitiator system. The triazine compound was added in 1, 2.5 and 5% wt to a base adhesive resin and one group remained with no triazine as control group. The experimental adhesive resins were analyzed for antibacterial activity (n=3), degree of conversion (n=3) and softening in solvent (n=3). Data distribution was evaluated by Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, paired t test, one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s with a 0.05 level of significance. All groups with added triazine compound showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans (p<0.05). All groups achieved more than 70% degree of conversion, but there was no difference in this chemical property (p>0.05). The initial Knoop hardness was higher in 2.5 and 5% wt groups (p<0.05) and both groups present lower percentage variation of Knoop hardness after solvent degradation. The present study formulated an antibacterial adhesive resin with a non-releasing agent able to copolymerize with the comonomeric blend, improving the restorative material’s properties.

Key Words: dentine-bonding agents; dental caries; anti-bacterial agents.


O objetivo desse estudo foi desenvolver e avaliar a adição de 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine a uma resina adesiva experimental em diferentes concentrações. Resinas adesivas experimentais foram obtidas a partir da mistura de 50% em peso de bisphenol A glycol dimethacrylate (BisGMA), 25% em peso de triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), 25% em peso de hidroxietil metacrilato (HEMA) e sistema fotoiniciador. O composto de triazina foi adicionado em proporções de 1; 2,5 e 5% em peso a resina adesiva base e um grupo permaneceu sem a adição do composto de triazina como grupo controle. As resinas adesivas experimentais foram analisadas por atividade antibacteriana (n=3), grau de conversão (n=3) e degradação em solvente (n=3). A distribuição dos dados foi avaliada por teste de Kolmogorov-Smirnov, teste t pareado, ANOVA de uma via e Tukey, considerando nível de significância de 5%. Todos os grupos com adição de composto de triazina demonstraram atividade antibacteriana contra Streptococcus mutans (p<0,05). Todos os grupos atingiram mais de 70% de grau de conversão, mas não houve diferença estatística para essa propriedade química (p>0,05). A dureza Knoop inicial foi maior para os grupos com 2,5 e 5% de triazina (p<0,05) e ambos os grupos apresentaram menor variação percentual de dureza Knoop após degradação em solvente. No presente estudo, foi produzida uma resina adesiva antibacteriana com agente sem liberação para o meio, capaz de copolimerizar com a blenda comonomérica, melhorando as propriedades do material restaurador.


The longevity of tooth restorations depends on many factors, like the patient-related variables (e.g. bruxism and caries risk) 1, the technique-sensitive procedure 2 and aspects related to the materials’ properties 3,4. Biofilm accumulation at tooth/restoration interface may lead to recurrent caries, which is responsible for 60% of restoration replacements in the typical dental practice 5. Thus, adhesive systems with antibacterial and non-antibacterial releasing agents have been proposed to reduce biofilm formation as an attempt to reduce the susceptibility to caries disease 6. Although there is no evidence of antibacterial adhesives effectiveness in the prevention of caries disease, they could benefit conservative dental treatments 6.

An adequate cavity seal is essential to inactivate the residual bacteria and to stop lesion progress in a minimally invasive dentistry approach 7. However, with the use of antibacterial releasing agent, it is impossible to control the release from the comonomeric blend. The antimicrobial effect can decrease over time and the process may reduce interface stability, turning the material prone to degradation, and increase biofilm accumulation and toxicity 6. The incorporation of antibacterial monomers able to copolymerize the methacrylate with the resin matrix has been studied 8,9 to maintain a post-curing antibacterial effect for the adhesive and a reliable cavity seal.

1,3,5-triazine derivate compounds also present antimicrobial activity 10,11, showing more selective antibacterial property against gram-positive pathogens 12. Recently, an experimental orthodontic adhesive resin containing 1,3,5 triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine significantly reduced Streptococcus mutans growth 13, a bacteria positively correlated with baseline and increment caries 14. 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine is a methacrylate antibacterial compound, with three aliphatic double bonds (C=C). Because of this availability to copolymerize, this compound has been used to synthesize adhesive resins with better chemical and physical properties, like resistance to solvent degradation and bond strength 13,15. Nevertheless, the addition of high triazine concentrations may compromise the wettability to dentine 16. Therefore, low amounts are required, which does not result in an antibacterial activity. However, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, there are no reports on the use of 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine in adhesive resins for tooth restoration. The aim of this study was to formulate and evaluate an experimental adhesive resin with the addition of 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine at different concentrations. The tested hypothesis was that the addition of triazine compound does not influence adhesive resin properties.

Material and Methods

Formulation of Experimental Adhesive Resins

Experimental adhesive resins were obtained by mixing 50% wt bisphenol A glycol dimethacrylate (BisGMA), 25% wt triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) and 25% wt 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). Camphorquinone and ethyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate were added at 1% mol as photoinitiator system, according to the mols of used monomers,. The 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine (Fig. 1) was added in 1, 2.5 and 5% wt and the control group remained with no triazine. Reagents were hand mixed and sonicated for 180 s. The light source device used for photoactivation for all tests was Radii Cal (1200 mW/cm2, SDI, Bayswater, Victoria, Australia). All materials were purchased from Aldrich Chemical Co. (St. Louis, MI, USA).

Figure 1 Chemical structure of 1.3.5-triacryloylhexahydro-1.3.5-triazine. 

Direct Contact Inhibition (DCI)

To determine the antibacterial activity, 3 cylindrical samples of each group 3.0 mm diameter and 1.0 mm high were produced. The specimens were submitted to hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilization. Streptococcus mutans (OMZ175) was grown aerobically in brain heart infusion (BHI) broth (HiMedia Laboratories Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, India) at 37 °C. The cells were harvested by centrifugation and re-suspended in fresh medium. Inocula were prepared by adjusting the cell suspension to a predetermined optical density (OD) of 0.5 at 550 nm. Each specimen was placed in a well of a sterile 96-well plate with 300 μL BHI broth, and inoculated with 20 μL of the Streptococcus mutans suspension. As negative control, three sets of wells containing non-inoculated fresh medium (300 μL) were used. Immediately after the placement of inocula and after 24 h, 90 μL of each well content were diluted in saline to 10-8. The 10-1, 10-3, 10-6 and 10-8 dilutions were plated on BHI Agar (HiMedia Laboratories) using 25 μL aliquots of each dilution in duplicate. The plates were incubated at 37 °C for 24 h, in anaerobic conditions. Next, the colonies were visually counted, scaled by dilution factors and then transformed into colony forming units (CFUs) per milliliter. The experiment was performed according to a previous study 17.

Softening in Solvent

To assess the softening in solvent, the specimens (5.0 mm in diameter and 1.0 mm thick) of each experimental adhesive resin (n=3) were embedded in acrylic resin and polished with silicon carbide sandpapers (600, 1000, 1200 and 2000 granulation) and felt disks saturated with alumina suspension (alumina, 0.5 µm; Arotec, Cotia, SP, Brazil). Using a digital microhardness tester (HMV 2, Shimadzu, Tokyo, Japan), five indentations (10 g/5 s) 100 μm apart from each other were performed and the initial microhardness values (KHN1) were recorded. Specimens were then subjected to softening in absolute ethanol for 2 h at 37 °C and the microhardness values were measured again (KHN2). The percent difference was calculated according to a previous study 18.

Degree of Conversion

The degree of conversion was evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) with a Vertex 70 (Bruker Optics, Ettlingen, Germany) spectrometer equipped with an attenuated total reflectance device (Platinum ATR-QL; Bruker Optics) composed of a horizontal diamond crystal with a 45° mirror angle. A support was used to fix the light-curing unit at a standard distance of 1 mm from the sample for photoactivation. Opus software (Bruker Optics) was used, with a Blackman-Harris 3-Term apodization in a range of 4000 to 400 cm-1 and 64 scans at 4 cm-1 resolution. The samples (n=3) were directly dispensed onto the diamond crystal and a spectrum was obtained prior to photoactivation and immediately after photoactivation for 20 s. The degree of conversion was calculated as in a previous study 18.

Statistical Analysis

Data distribution was evaluated by the Kolmogorov-Smornov test. UFC and degree of conversion The values were analyzed with one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s post hoc test. For softening in ethanol analysis, paired t-test (KHN1 and KHN2) and a one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s post hoc (ΔKHN%) were used. A level of significance of 0.05 was considered for all tests.


All groups with triazine showed a significant decrease in bacterial growth when compared to positive and negative controls (p<0.05). The values of colony forming units (CFUs) per milliliter are shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 Mean and standard deviation of microbiological analysis in CFU (log). Different capital letters indicate statistically significant difference (p<0.05). 

The 2.5% triazine group presented a KHN1 of 19.1, the 5% group a KHN1 of 18.9 and these values were significantly higher than the KNH1 of control and 1% groups (p<0.05). The microhardness values after immersion in ethanol were lower than the initial ones for all groups (p<0.05). The percent difference between KHN1 and KHN2 (ΔKHN) was lower in the 2.5% and 5% groups compared to the other groups (p<0.05). All microhardness values and percentage difference between KHN1 and KHN2 (ΔKHN) are in Table 1.

Table 1 Mean (±standard deviation) degree of conversion (DC), initial microhardness (KHN1), microhardness after solvent immersion (KHN2) and percent difference between KHN1 and KHN2 (ΔKHN%) 

Different capital letters in same column and different small letters in same row indicate statistically significant difference (p<0.05).

The mean degree of conversion values are in Table 1. All groups achieved values above 70% and there was no statistically significant difference among the groups (p>0.05).


The development of an antibacterial adhesive is supposed to allow the reduction of biofilm accumulation at tooth/restoration interface without the disadvantages of releasing compounds or inorganic fillers from the resin matrix 6. The current trend involves the use of antibacterial monomers to create a more stable resin and long-lasting marginal sealing 19. The present study developed an experimental adhesive resin with three concentrations of 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine. All adhesives with this compound presented antibacterial activity and the resistance to solvent degradation improved from 2.5% wt antibacterial monomer addition. Thus, the null hypothesis must be rejected.

The experimental adhesive resins containing the triazine compound inhibited Streptococcus mutans growth in all three concentrations (1%, 2.5% and 5%), reducing CFU compared to the positive and negative controls (p<0.05). The used triazine compound showed better results at lower concentrations than other antibacterial able to copolymerize, like benzotriazol, which achieved antibacterial effect only at 5% wt 20. Studies that assessed the antibacterial activity of triazine in bonding materials also showed reduced bacterial growth against Streptococcus mutans after direct contact with the specimens 13,15. The antibacterial mechanism is probably via disruption of bacteria’s membrane integrity, as this compound mimics antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) secreted by immune system when infected by antimicrobials 12. Triazine compound is detected by the receptor structure due to its positive charge and lipophilic structure 12, fitting in a 3D structural model pre-defined by the receptor 21. Regarding the duration of the antibacterial effect, triazine is an antibacterial monomer that copolymerizes with methacrylate resin monomers 13,15. This copolymerization provides an immobilization of the antibacterial component, which prevents its leaching that could result in a porous material, with low physical and chemical properties 6, beyond the loss of marginal sealing. This study did not evaluate the antibacterial effect after a long period. Nevertheless, it was previously shown that the copolymerization process is responsible for the inhibition bacteria growth in contact with the adhesive for at least six months after polymerization using other antibacterial monomers (methacryloxyl ethylcetyldimethylammonium chloride (DMAE-CB)) 9. Then, it is expected that the triazine compound also presents such behavior with time.

It was observed that there was no difference (p>0.05) in degree of conversion among the groups. This finding indicates that the addition of triazine has no adverse influence on the curing process of BisGMA/TEGDMA/HEMA-based adhesive resin, in accordance with the results reported for a BisGMA/TEGDMA-based experimental orthodontic adhesive 13. Triazine is a tri-functional monomer, presenting three carbon double bonds in the 1,3,5 positions (Fig. 1) and the addition of triazine could increase double bond conversion 13. However, the FTIR analysis underestimates the degree of conversion values because it is possible that one of the methacrylate groups per molecule reacts and links as a pendant group 22. Despite not having changed the degree of conversion, the triazine’s structure probably resulted in a higher branched polymer until 1% wt and higher crosslink material from 2.5% wt., as the Knoop hardness values were improved from this concentration on. Along with the elution of the antibacterial agent, the release of unreacted monomers due to a lower degree of conversion could negatively affect adhesive properties and stimulate polymer degradation 23. In this study, all groups achieved more than 50% degree of conversion, corroborating previous studies 24.

The adhesive resins with 2.5% wt and 5% wt of triazine addition showed a higher initial Knoop hardness. Besides that, from 2.5% wt on, the resistance to solvent degradation was improved. This is an advantage among antibacterial adhesives, as it was observed that other adhesives with antibacterial fillers could not present this result 18. In this study, although the materials presented no statistical difference in degree of conversion, the polymer chains may have been organized differently. The softening in ethanol assay is an indirect method to estimate the polymer crosslink density 25. Highly crosslinked polymers are more resistant to solvent degradation due to the closer polymer chains 26, while more linear polymers are prone to have the chains overtaken by the forces of polymer chains with the solvent molecules 26. In this study, these two triazine compound concentrations probably led to a more crosslinked polymer compared to control and 1% wt groups, creating a restorative material less prone to degradation over time. Besides that, it was shown that by the addition of antibacterial monomers, not only the resistance to solvent degradation is improved, but the bond strength is usually not altered 8. In addition to develop an adhesive with antibacterial activity, these findings suggest that the proposed material could be more stable and, consequently, an alternative for stablishing an adequate marginal sealing and improve protection against the biofilm formation and recurrent caries.

Composite materials favor the biofilm formation due to surface roughness and component release associated to the non-antibacterial property. In the present study, an antibacterial adhesive resin was formulated with a non-releasing agent able to copolymerize with the comonomeric blend, improving the restorative material.


The authors gratefully acknowledge CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) and CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) for the scholarchip of PRS and IMG, respectively. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this study.


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Received: October 13, 2016; Accepted: February 07, 2017

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