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Methods Mol Biol. 2010;666:21-30. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-820-1_2.

Collection, storage, and processing of saliva samples for downstream molecular applications.

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  • 1College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, USA.


Saliva is an ideal translational research tool and diagnostic medium and is being used in novel ways to provide molecular biomarkers for a variety of oral and systemic diseases and conditions. The ability to analyze saliva to monitor health and disease is a highly desirable goal for oral health promotion and research. Saliva has been used to detect caries risk, periodontitis, oral cancer, breast cancer, salivary gland diseases, and systemic disorders such as hepatitis, HIV and HCV. Technology advancement has allowed high-throughput studies to be performed at a scale unrealized previously and is serving to advance the discovery and validation of salivary disease biomarkers. Of course, successful measurement of salivary analytes requires optimal collection, processing, and storage procedures and conditions. This chapter describes protocols for saliva collection, processing, and storage for the molecular analysis of salivary diagnostic constituents.

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