Protein quality assessment on saliva samples for biobanking purposes

Nuno Rosa, Jéssica Marques, Eduardo Esteves, Mónica Fernandes, Vera M. Mendes, Ângela Afonso, Sérgio Dias, Joaquim Polido Pereira, Bruno Manadas, Maria José Correia, Marlene Barros*

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Biobank saliva sample quality depends on specific criteria applied to collection, processing, and storage. In spite of the growing interest in saliva as a diagnostic fluid, few biobanks currently store large collections of such samples. The development of a standard operating procedure (SOP) for saliva collection and quality control is fundamental for the establishment of a new saliva biobank, which stores samples to be made available to the saliva research community. Different collection methods were tested regarding total volume of protein obtained, protein content, and protein profiles, and the results were used to choose the best method for protein studies. Furthermore, the impact of the circadian variability and inter- and intraindividual differences, as well as the saliva sample stability at room temperature, were also evaluated. Considering our results, a sublingual cotton roll method for saliva collection proved to produce saliva with the best characteristics and should be applied in the morning, whenever possible. In addition, there is more variability in salivary proteins between individuals than in the same individual for a 5-month period. According to the electrophoretic protein profile, protein stability is guaranteed for 24 hours at room temperature and the protein degradation profile and protein identification were characterized. All this information was used to establish an SOP for saliva collection, processing, and storage in a biobank. We conclude that it is possible to collect saliva using an easy and inexpensive protocol, resulting in saliva samples for protein analysis with sufficient quality for biobanking purposes.
Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)289-297
Número de páginas9
RevistaBiopreservation and Biobanking
Número de emissão4
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 1 ago. 2016

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