Background: Occlusal raising method (so-called 'Template therapy') has been reported to alleviate various diseases and symptoms, but the underlying mechanism is not clear. We searched the low-molecular weight metabolite(s) in the saliva, the concentration of which is significantly changed by the template therapy. Materials and Methods: One female patient with headache underwent the template therapy for 12 days, and her total saliva was subjected to non-targeted analysis using capillary electrophoresis time-of-flight mass spectrometry (CE-TOF-MS). Results: One hundred and thirteen substances were identified in the saliva. Glycine was the most abundant amino acid in the saliva, followed by alanine, serine and proline. After the start of the template therapy, her headache was alleviated, accompanied by a significant (p=0.042) increase of salivary concentration of glycine, as compared with total amino acids whereas that of other amino acids was not significantly changed. In the metabolomics profile, salivary concentration of large number of metabolites as compared with total metabolite concentration decreased, including N-acetylneuraminate (p=0.025) and p-hydroxyphenylacetate (p=0.039). Conclusion: This pilot study demonstrated, to our knowledge for the first time, that only glycine exhibited unique changes among total metabolites, suggesting its significant role in template therapy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- Metabolite profiling
- Salivary glycine
- Template therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)