Special Issue "New Era of Testing: Salivary Diagnostics"

A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418). This special issue belongs to the section "Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Chamindie K. Punyadeera

The School of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia
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Interests: biomarkers; salivary diagnostics; heart diseases; head and neck cancer; proteomics; mass spectrometry; lung cancer, glioblastoma; human papilloma virus
Guest Editor
Dr. Kai Dun Tang

The School of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia
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Guest Editor
Dr. Arutha Kulasinghe

School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Saliva & Liquid Biopsy Translational Research Group, Cancer and Ageing Theme, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ageing and the growing population are placing increased pressure on the healthcare system. We require better methods to diagnose diseases at an earlier stage than is currently possible. There is also evidence linking oral health conditions to systemic events. As such, human saliva is gaining attention as the diagnostic fluid for the future. Human saliva collection is non-invasive, easy and multiple samples can be collected from an individual with minimal discomfort to the person. Saliva contains about 30% of the proteins contained in blood. Biomolecules continuously move beween saliva and blood and as such biomarkers in the circulation can be detected in saliva. Saliva is currently used to detect hormones and drugs of abuse and will be used in the future for other systemic diseases.

Dr. Chamindie K. Punyadeera
Dr. Kai Dun Tang
Dr. Arutha Kulasinghe
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • liquid biopsy
  • saliva diagnostics
  • biomarkers

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Active Matrix Metalloproteinase-8 Point-of-Care (PoC)/Chairside Mouthrinse Test vs. Bleeding on Probing in Diagnosing Subclinical Periodontitis in Adolescents
Diagnostics 2019, 9(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics9010034
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 16 March 2019 / Accepted: 21 March 2019 / Published: 23 March 2019
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Abstract
This cross-sectional study compares the effectiveness of an active MMP-8 (aMMP-8) point-of-care (PoC)/chairside mouthrinse test to the conventional bleeding on probing (BOP) (cutoff 20%) test in detecting subclinical periodontitis/pre-periodontitis in Finnish adolescents. The study was carried out at the Kotka Health Center, Finland. [...] Read more.
This cross-sectional study compares the effectiveness of an active MMP-8 (aMMP-8) point-of-care (PoC)/chairside mouthrinse test to the conventional bleeding on probing (BOP) (cutoff 20%) test in detecting subclinical periodontitis/pre-periodontitis in Finnish adolescents. The study was carried out at the Kotka Health Center, Finland. A total of 47 adolescents (30 boys/17 girls) aged 15–17 were first tested with the aMMP-8 PoC test, followed by a full-mouth evaluation of clinical parameters of oral health including periodontal, oral mucosal, and caries assessment. A periodontist performed these clinical examinations. The aMMP-8 PoC test result had much stronger association with subclinical periodontitis than the BOP 20% test (2.8–5.3 times stronger in terms of odds ratio). The aMMP-8 PoC test had ≥2 times higher sensitivity than the BOP 20% test with, generally, the same specificity. Further, the aMMP-8 PoC test had generally better accuracy and lower false negative percentages. The aMMP-8 PoC test seemed to be more effective than the conventional BOP test in detecting subclinical periodontitis/pre-periodontitis in adolescents reducing the risk of their undertreatment. However, the sample size may be a limiting factor, and more studies are needed to confirm our results for both adolescents and adults. Full article
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