Assessement of Hepcidin in Saliva in Human Volunteers

2019-01-29 16:11:11 | BioPortfolio


Iron deficiency with or without anemia is considered the most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world. To diagnose iron deficiency anemia (hemoglobin and ferritin measurement), a venous blood sample is necessary. Whole saliva is a potentially attractive fluid for disease biomarker discovery and diagnostic efforts, because it is readily available from most individuals, can be easily collected and the collection procedure is non-invasive. The iron storage protein ferritin is too big, to be secreted into saliva. However, the main iron regulatory protein hepcidin is a very small protein and there is some evidence for hepcidin detection in saliva. The production of serum hepcidin positively correlates with serum ferritin, thereby reflecting patient's iron status. Whether hepcidin is detectable in saliva and whether saliva hepcidin correlates with serum hepcidin with current assays, needs to be tested.

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Hepcidin, Saliva


blood and saliva sampling


Not yet recruiting


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-01-29T16:11:11-0500

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