Bacterial agglutinin activity in the saliva of human identical and fraternal twins

Daniel Malamud, Carol M. Christensen, Mahvash Navazesh, Cheryl Davis

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Abstract

The major factor in human saliva responsible for the specific aggregation of oral streptococci is a high molecular-weight glycoprotein (agglutinin). To determine if the level of this glycoprotein in whole and parotid saliva was genetically determined, agglutinin activity for Streptococcus sanguis and Streptococcus mutans in saliva obtained from identical and fraternal twins was compared. Evidence for the heritability of agglutinin activity and also parotid flow rate and total protein was obtained. There was no evidence for a significant genetic contribution to salivary sodium concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Volume33
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Cell Biology

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