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Salivary Cortisol

Technical Summary

Analyte Summary
Analyte: Cortisol
Aliases: hydrocortisone, Compound F
Serum-Saliva Correlation: 0.91
Optimum Collection Volume: 75 μL*
*Add 300 µl to the total volume of all tests for liquid handling loss
Interfering Factors
Bovine hormones normally present in dairy products can cross-react with anti-cortisol antibodies and cause false results.
Hormone based oral contraceptives and estrogens can cause temporary increase in CBG, potentially lowering cortisol levels
in saliva.
Multiple medications mimic the structure of cortisol and have the potential to influence cortisol levels in saliva.
Assay Summary
Methodology: ELISA
Sensitivity: <0.007 ug/dL
Assay Range: 0.012-3.000 ug/dL
Assay Type: Quantitative
*Salivary Cortisol Example Ranges
Group Number Overall Range (ug/dL)
Children, neonatal 275 ND - 3.417
Children, age 6 months 165 ND - 2.734
Group Number Overall Range (ug/dL)
Normal subjects 19 0.007 - 0.115
Cushing's subjects 21 0.130-2.972
*Note: Examples are to be used as a guide only. Each laboratory should estabilsh its own range.

Collect Saliva Samples

SALIVARY CORTISOL SALIVA COLLECTION CONSIDERATIONS

Better results begin with better analyte collection. This collection protocol features genral considerations to maximize salivary cortisol analysis. Use this Analyte-Specific Collection Protocol to plan your collection methodoloy and sampling schemes.

APPROVED SALIVARY CORTISOL COLLECTION METHODS

Test Saliva Samples

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Order Code (lab): 5100 - Cortisol
Transport Requirements: Ship on Dry Ice
Related Panels and Profiles: Salivary Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) Profile

Add DNA Analysis to My Study

Considerations for adding Salivary DNA to analyte Studies:

You can combine salivary analytes with easy, accurate, and affordable genomic testing using Salimetrics SalivaLab and the same sample that you are already collecting – no specialized saliva collection devices or additional samples are required.

Don’t know what SNPs are right for you? The SalivaLab’s DNA team specializes in genetic testing services, we recommend you Request a DNA Consult (gratis) to learn more about common considerations such as # of samples, participant ethnicity, and IRB Approval.

All DNA Services

DNA Extraction and Normalization
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping
VNTR & STR Analysis

References & Salivary Cortisol Research

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  2. Drucker, S., New, M.I. (1987).  Disorders of adrenal steroidogenesis. Pediatr Clin North Am, 34(4), 1055-66.
  3. Fischbach, F.T. (1992). The manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests, (4th ed.). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott.
  4. Dorn, L.D., Lucke, J.F., Loucks, T.L., Berga, S.L. (2007). Salivary cortisol reflects serum cortisol: analysis of circadian profiles. Ann Clin Biochem, 44(pt 3), 281-84.
  5. Chernow, B., Alexander, H.R., Smallridge, R.C., et al. (1987). Hormonal responses to graded surgical stress. Arch Intern Med, 147(7), 1273-78.
  6. Kreiger, D.T. (1975). Rhythms of ACTH and corticosteroid secretion in health and disease and their experimental modification. J Steroid Biochem, 6(5), 758-91.
  7. Rothfield, B. (1974). Plasma cortisol. In: B. Rothfield (ed.), Nuclear medicine–in vitro (pp. 120-5). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  8. Robin, P., Predine, J., Milgrom, E. (1977). Assay of unbound cortisol in plasma. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 46(2), 277-83.
  9. Vining, R.F., McGinley, R.A., Symons, R.G. (1983). Hormones in saliva: mode of entry and consequent implications for clinical interpretation. Clin Chem, 29(10), 1752-56.
  10. Vining, R.F., McGinley, R.A. (1987). The measurement of hormones in saliva: Possibilities and pitfalls. J Steroid Biochem, 27(1-3), 81-94.
  11. Francis, S.J., Walker, R.F., Riad-Fahmy, D., et al. (1987). Assessment of adrenocortical activity in term newborn infants using salivary cortisol determinations. J of Pediatrics, 111, 129-33.
  12. Hiramatsu, R. (1981). Direct assay of cortisol in human saliva by solid phase radioimmunoassay and its clinical applications. Clinica Chimica Acta, 117, 239-249.
  13. Vining, R.F., McGinley, R.A., Maksvytis, J.J., Ho, K.Y. (1983). Salivary cortisol: A better measure of adrenal cortical function than serum cortisol. Ann Clin Biochem, 20(pt 6), 329-35.