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Periodontal disease identified using salivary biomarkers

from medwireNews via The Medical News

Markers of inflammation found in saliva could be used to identify periodontal disease in large epidemiologic surveys, avoiding the need for cumbersome and expensive tests, suggest researchers. Their study results show that patients with severe periodontitis have elevated salivary concentrations of the inflammatory mediators interleukin-1β (a pro-inflammatory cytokine), IL-6, IL-8; the collagen-cleaving enzyme matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), and lysozymes, which are part of the innate immune system. more

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