The Effect of Exercise on Salivary Viscosity
AbstractA common experience after exercise is the presence of a thick and sticky saliva layer on the oral surfaces, which causes a feeling of a dry mouth. Since the salivary mucin MUC5B is responsible for the visco-elastic behavior of saliva, in the present study we explored the effect of exercise on both the salivary viscosity and the secretion of MUC5B in saliva. Twenty healthy dental students performed an aerobic exercise by cycling for 15 min on cycle-ergometers at a heart rate of 130–140 beats per minute. Saliva was collected at three time points: before exercise, immediately after exercise and after 30 min recovery. Salivary flow rate, viscosity, amylase activity, total protein, carbohydrate and MUC5B concentration were determined. Salivary flow rate, protein and amylase did not change significantly. Immediately after exercise, the salivary viscosity and carbohydrate concentration were significantly higher than at baseline and after 30 min recovery. Immediately after exercise, the MUC5B concentration was significantly higher than after 30 min recovery. It is concluded that the presence of thick saliva after exercise is at least partially due to an increased secretion of MUC5B. View Full-Text
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Ligtenberg, A.J.M.; Liem, E.H.S.; Brand, H.S.; Veerman, E.C.I. The Effect of Exercise on Salivary Viscosity. Diagnostics 2016, 6, 40.
Ligtenberg AJM, Liem EHS, Brand HS, Veerman ECI. The Effect of Exercise on Salivary Viscosity. Diagnostics. 2016; 6(4):40.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ligtenberg, Antoon J.M.; Liem, Erwin H.S.; Brand, Henk S.; Veerman, Enno C.I. 2016. "The Effect of Exercise on Salivary Viscosity." Diagnostics 6, no. 4: 40.
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