Salivary levels of MPO, MMP-8 and TIMP-1 are associated with gingival inflammation response patterns during experimental gingivitis

Gustavo G Nascimento, Vibeke Baelum, Timo Sorsa, Taina Tervahartiala, Peter D Skottrup, Rodrigo López

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AIM: This study aimed to investigate the association between salivary levels of myeloperoxidase (MPO), neutrophil elastase (NE), soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-8 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 and gingival inflammation development during an experimental gingivitis study.

METHODS: A three-week experimental gingivitis study was conducted. Clinical recordings of dental plaque biofilm (Modified Quigley Hein Plaque Index, TQHPI) and gingival inflammation (Modified Gingival Index, MGI) were made at specific time points for each of the 42 participants. Salivary levels of MPO, NE, suPAR, MMP-8 and TIMP-1 at the same time points were measured using distinct immunoassays. For data analysis growth curve modelling was employed to account for the time-varying outcome (MGI score) and the time-varying covariates (salivary marker levels, and TQHPI score). Analyses were stratified according to the MGI-score trajectory groups previously identified as 'fast', respectively 'slow' responders.

RESULTS: Overall, higher MGI scores were statistically significantly positively associated with higher levels of MPO, MMP-8 and TIMP-1. Stratified analysis according to inflammation development trajectory group revealed higher levels of salivary MPO, MMP-8 and MMP-8/TIMP-1 ratio among the 'fast' responders than among 'slow' responders. None of the investigated salivary protein markers was associated with a 'slow' inflammation development response.

CONCLUSIONS: Salivary levels of MPO, MMP-8 and TIMP-1 were associated with the extent and severity of gingival inflammation. While the 'fast' gingival inflammation response was associated with increased levels of MPO, MMP-8 and MMP-8/TIMP-1 ratio, the 'slow' response was not associated with any of the salivary protein markers investigated in this study. Neutrophil activity seems to orchestrate a 'fast' gingival inflammatory response among participants previously primed to gingival inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Gingival inflammation
  • Immunology
  • Innate immunity
  • Neutrophils
  • Periodontal diseases


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