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Salivary Interleukin-1 Beta

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1. How to collect Salivary Interleukin-1 Beta


Salivary IL-1 beta Collection Protocol

Collection volume, general considerations, and basic guidelines to maximize salivary IL-1 beta sample integrity. Use this analyte-specific collection protocol to plan you collection methodology and sampling schemes.


2. How to Assay for Salivary IL-1 beta

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Assay Protocol
Rev. 04.19.19
Catalog#: 1-3902
Regulatory Status: RUO
Format: 96-well plate
Assay Time: ~ 4.5 hrs
Sample Volume/Test: 20 µL
Sensitivity: <0.037 pg/mL
Assay Range: 3.13 pg/mL – 200 pg/mL
Storage Requirements: 2-8°C
Tests Per Kit
Singlet: 76
Duplicate: 38

Technical Documentation

Assay Kit Overview

Intended Use

The Salimetrics IL-1 Beta ELISA kit is a sandwich immunoassay specifically designed and validated for the quantitative measurement of salivary IL-1β. It is not intended for diagnostic use. This assay kit was designed and optimized for salivary research use in humans. Salimetrics has not validated this kit for serum, plasma or saliva samples from any other species.


Interleukin-1β (IL1B) is a key pro-inflammatory cytokine that is released after infection, injury, or antigenic challenge. It has been widely studied for its role as a multi-functional signaling molecule that affects nearly all cell types, either alone or in combination with other pro-inflammatory cytokines. Circulating IL1B is principally produced by activated macrophages, but it is also secreted from a wide variety of epidermal, epithelial, lymphoid, and vascular tissues. IL1B is also present in the saliva of both healthy and diseased individuals. In the oral cavity, the sources of IL1B production include macrophages, monocytes, fibroblasts, and mucosal epithelial cells. IL1B has also been reported to be synthesized and released from acinar and ductal cells in mouse salivary glands. Human tear fluid and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF), which may be present as components of whole saliva, also contain IL1B. Salivary IL1B has been reported to have a circadian rhythm with highest levels in the morning (after waking) and lowest levels in the evening. This is the opposite of the pattern seen in serum, where peak levels occur from 1-4 AM and daytime levels are low. Levels of IL1B in saliva and GCF have been studied in relation to gingival and periodontal disease, and significant correlation to the presence of periodontal disease has been found. Levels of IL1B in saliva and GCF have been observed to change in response to various types of physical and psychological stressors, similar to the response seen in circulation. The relationship between salivary and circulating levels of IL1B is not clear. Serum or plasma levels of IL1B in healthy individuals are very low and often below the limit of detection. IL1B levels are generally higher in saliva than in plasma or serum. One study has reported that the correlation between human passive drool saliva samples and plasma for IL1B is not statistically significant.

Salivary IL-1 Beta Assay Principle

This is a sandwich ELISA kit. IL-1 Beta in standards and samples binds to the antibody binding sites on a microtitre plate. After incubation, unbound components are washed away. Biotin conjugated to goat antibodies to human IL-1 Beta are added and attach to the bound IL-1 Beta. After incubation, unbound components are washed away. Streptavidin conjugated to horseradish peroxidase (HRP) is added and binds to the biotin conjugated to the goat antibodies. Bound Streptavidin-HRP is measured by the reaction of the horseradish peroxidase enzyme to the substrate tetramethylbenzidine (TMB). This reaction produces a blue color. A yellow color is formed after stopping the reaction with an acidic solution. The optical density is read on a standard plate reader at 450 nm. The amount of Streptavidin-HRP detected is proportional to the amount of IL-1 Beta present in the sample.


3. Technical Summary

Analyte Summary
Analyte: Interleukin-1 Beta
Aliases: IL-1B, IL-1 Beta, IL-1B, IL1β
Serum-Saliva Correlation: NA
Optimum Collection Volume: 50 μL*
*Add 300 µl to the total volume of all tests for liquid handling
Special Considerations
IL-1 Beta may be Flow Rate Dependent
Assay Summary
Methodology: ELISA
Sensitivity: 0.37 pg/mL
Assay Range: 3.13 pg/mL - 200 pg/mL
Assay Type: Quantitative
Methodology: ECL
Sensitivity: 0.05 pg/mL
Assay Range: 0.05 - 2256 pg/mL
Assay Type: Quantitative



*Also available as part of the Salimetrics Cytokine Panel*

Interleukin-1β (IL-1 beta) is one of a family of biologically active small protein molecules known as cytokines.  Cytokines are produced by a number of different cell types, including macrophages, monocytes, fibroblasts, and dendritic cells. (1,2,3)  IL-1β is an example of a pro-inflammatory cytokine, since it is involved in the body’s inflammatory response to acute or chronic infections, or to conditions that are associated with a persistent low-grade inflammatory state, such as obesity. (4,5)  IL-1β is therefore frequently used as a bio-marker of inflammation. (6,7) A study with normal mouse parotid acinar cells has shown that they synthesize IL-1β and store it in secretory granules. IL-1β is released from the granules following α- and β-adrenergic stimulation. (8) Relationships between IL-1β levels in blood and saliva are not fully understood. ​

References & Salivary IL-1 Beta Research

  1. Giannobile, W.V., Beikler, T., Kinney, J.S., et al. (2009).  Saliva as a diagnostic tool for periodontal disease: Current state and future directions.  Periodontology 2000, 50, 52-64.
  2. Pirhonen, J., Sareneva, R., Kurimoto, M., et al. (1999).  Virus infection activates IL-1β and IL-18 production in human macrophages by a caspase-1-dependent pathway.  J Immunol, 162(12), 7322-29.
  3. Park, D.R., Thomsen, A.R., Frevert, C.W. et al. (2003).  Fas (CD95) induces proinflammatory cytokine responses by human monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages.  J Immunol, 170(12), 6209-16.
  4. Hernández-Rodríguez, J., Segarra, M., Vilardell, C., et al. (2004).  Tissue production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, TNFα, and IL-6) correlates with the intensity of the systemic inflammatory response and with corticosteroid requirements in giant-cell arteritis.  Rheumatology (Oxf.), 43(3), 294-301.
  5. Southerland, J.H., Taylor, G.W., Moss, K., et al. (2006).  Commonality in chronic inflammatory diseases: Periodontitis, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.  Periodontology 2000, 40, 130-43.
  6. Tzouvelekis, A., Pneumatikos, I, Bouros, D. (2005).  Serum biomarkers in acute respiratory distress syndrome an ailing prognosticator.  Respir Res, 6, 62.
  7. Miller, C.S., King C.P., Langub, M.C., et al. (2006).  Salivary biomarkers of existing periodontal disease: A cross-sectional study.  J Am Dent Assoc, 137(3), 322-29.
  8. Tanda, N., Ohyama, H., Yamakawa, M., et al. (1998). IL-1β and IL-6 in mouse parotid acinar cells: Characterization of synthesis, storage, and release.  Am J Physiol, 274(1 Pt1), G147-56.

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