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Salivary Bioscience News

Salimetrics Uric Acid Assay Kit Enables Non-Invasive Saliva Sampling for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Research

Assaying Saliva in a Lab

(July 09, 2015)

Salimetrics introduces an innovative Salivary Uric Acid Enzymatic Assay, facilitating easy monitoring of Uric Acid levels with saliva samples (no needles, no phlebotomist, fast, easy and less expensive). This uric acid assay is the ideal tool to further elucidate correlations of oxidative stress and disease states.

Uric Acid, the body’s most abundant antioxidant to combat oxidative stress, has emerged as a recognized marker for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Decades of epidemiological and clinical evidence have shown correlation between elevated serum uric acid concentrations and cardiovascular disease risk (1-8), as well as in association with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, preeclampsia, gout, metabolic syndrome and congestive heart failure. Now, this promising biomarker can be accessed via an exciting salivary assay just released from Salimetrics!

While uric acid is a critical antioxidant in blood, in excess, it can have deleterious pro-oxidant activities and increases in oxidative stress. Hyperuricemia, most often associated with gout, has also been strongly correlated with many chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Hyperuricemia is estimated to affect over 21% of the US population, and doubles in frequency between ages 20 and 80 years old (9). Symptomatic cardiovascular disease in later life is often the result of decades-long progression of atherosclerosis of blood vessels and a current study has detectable elevated Uric Acid as early as adolescence (10).

With the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease in the western world, the medical community seeks novel approaches to identify patients at the greatest risk for cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions in order to suggest lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay these diseases. Salimetrics provides the tools and services, to engage and tackle scientific questions and more clearly define uric acid’s complex biological relationship to common health effects on a broad scale.

To learn more about Salimetrics Salivary Uric Acid Assay Kit or connect to a Salimetrics representative, investigators can visit the Salimetrics website.


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About Salimetrics:
Salimetrics’ assay kits and CLIA-certified testing services are used to measure salivary analytes related to stress, behavior and development, inflammation, sleep, reproduction, health and immune function. Founded in 1998 by Douglas A. Granger, Ph.D., Salimetrics, LLC support CROs, pharmaceuticals, academic researchers and the immunodiagnostic industry around the world with innovative immunoassay products, non-invasive saliva collection methods, and laboratory testing services.

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*Note: Salimetrics provides this information for research use only (RUO). Information is not provided to promote off-label use of medical devices. Please consult the full-text article.

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