Saliva as research material: Biochemical, physicochemical and practical aspects

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Whole saliva is a complex mixture of proteins and other molecules which originate from several sources. The biochemical and physicochemical properties of saliva contribute to the numerous functions of saliva in, e.g., speech, maintaining oral and general health, and food processing. Interest in saliva has increased in the last few years for its potential to diagnose viral, bacterial and systemic diseases. The use of saliva as research material may pose particular problems due to its inherent variability and instability. This review describes practical aspects of salivary as research material with emphasis on protein biochemistry and physical chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1135
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • human whole saliva
  • proline-rich proteins
  • human-parotid-saliva
  • performance liquid-chromatography
  • 2-dimensional gel-electrophoresis
  • submandibular-sublingual saliva
  • micelle-like structures
  • transmission electron-microscopy
  • secretory immunoglobulin-a


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