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Salivary Oxytocin

Technical Summary

Analyte Summary
Analyte: Oxytocin
Aliases: Oxt, OT
Serum-Saliva Correlation: N/A
Optimum Collection Volume: 150 μL*
*Add 300 µl to the total volume of all tests for liquid handling
Assay Summary
Methodology: Electrochemiluminescence
Sensitivity: 8 pg/mL
Assay Range: 8-1000 pg/mL
Assay Type: Quantitative

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Better results begin with better saliva collection. This collection protocol features general considerations to maximize salivary oxytocin integrity. Use this analyte-specific collection protocol to plan your collection methodology and sampling schemes.


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The validated method used by Salimetrics is proprietary and not available in assay kit form at this time.

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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.

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References & Salivary Oxytocin Research

  1. Brandtzaeg, O. K. et al. Proteomics tools reveal startlingly high amounts of oxytocin in plasma and serum. Scientific Reports 6, (2016).
  2. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Zagoory-Sharon, O. & Levine, A. Evidence for a Neuroendocrinological Foundation of Human Affiliation. Psychological Science 18, 965–970 (2007).
  3. Algoe, S. B., Kurtz, L. E. & Grewen, K. Oxytocin and Social Bonds: The Role of Oxytocin in Perceptions of Romantic Partners’ Bonding Behavior. Psychological Science 28, 1763–1772 (2017).
  4. Isgett, S. F. et al. Supplemental Material for Influences of Oxytocin and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia on Emotions and Social Behavior in Daily Life. Emotion 17, 1156–1165 (2017).
  5. Keri, S., Kiss, I. & Kelemen, O. Sharing secrets: Oxytocin and trust in schizophrenia. Social Neuroscience 4, 287–293 (2008).
  6. Jobst, A. et al. Oxytocin course over pregnancy and postpartum period and the association with postpartum depressive symptoms. Archives of Womens Mental Health 19, 571–579 (2016).
  7. Husarova, V. M. et al. Plasma Oxytocin in Children with Autism and Its Correlations with Behavioral Parameters in Children and Parents. Psychiatry Investigation 13, 174 (2016).
  8. Holt-Lunstad, J., Birmingham, W. & Light, K. C. The influence of depressive symptomatology and perceived stress on plasma and salivary oxytocin before, during and after a support enhancement intervention. Psychoneuroendocrinology 36, 1249–1256 (2011).
  9. Weisman, O., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Gordon, I. & Feldman, R. Plasma oxytocin distributions in a large cohort of women and men and their gender-specific associations with anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology 38, 694–701 (2013).
  10. Paul, M. Study Finds Oxytocin Strengthens Memories of Both Bad and Good Events. News Center (2013). Available at:
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