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Focus on Methodology: Salivary bioscience and research on adolescence: An integrated perspective

TitleFocus on Methodology: Salivary bioscience and research on adolescence: An integrated perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGranger, DA, Fortunato, CK, Beltzer, EK, Virag, M, Bright, MA, Out, D
JournalJ Adolesc
Volume2012/03/10
Pagination1081-95
Date PublishedAug
ISBN Number1095-9254 (Electronic) 0140-1971 (Linking)
Accession Number22401843
KeywordsAdolescent Development/physiology, Adolescent/*physiology, Child, Circadian Rhythm/physiology, Female, Humans, Male, Polymorphism, Genetic, Saliva/*chemistry/physiology, Stress, Psychological/physiopathology
Abstract

The characterization of the salivary proteome and advances in biotechnology create an opportunity for developmental scientists to measure multi-level components of biological systems in oral fluids and identify relationships with developmental processes and behavioral and social forces. The implications for developmental science are profound because from a single oral fluid specimen, information can be obtained about a broad array of biological systems and the genetic polymorphisms related to their function. The purpose of this review is to provide a conceptual and tactical roadmap for investigators interested in integrating these measurement tools into research on adolescent health and development.