RNA Sequencing Analysis of Salivary Extracellular RNA

  • Blanca Majem
  • Feng Li
  • Jie Sun
  • David T. W. WongEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1537)


Salivary biomarkers for disease detection, diagnostic and prognostic assessments have become increasingly well established in recent years. In this chapter we explain the current leading technology that has been used to characterize salivary non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) from the extracellular RNA (exRNA) fraction: HiSeq from Illumina® platform for RNA sequencing. Therefore, the chapter is divided into two main sections regarding the type of the library constructed (small and long ncRNA libraries), from saliva collection, RNA extraction and quantification to cDNA library generation and corresponding QCs. Using these invaluable technical tools, one can identify thousands of ncRNA species in saliva. These methods indicate that salivary exRNA provides an efficient medium for biomarker discovery of oral and systemic diseases.

Key words

Saliva exRNAs Small and long ncRNA profiling Biomarkers RNA sequencing 



This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grant (UH2/UH3 TR000923). We thank Kai Kao, Leo lee, and Hui Zhou for technical suggestions.

Conflict of Interests

 David Wong is cofounder of RNAmeTRIX Inc., a molecular diagnostic company. He holds equity in RNAmeTRIX, and serves as Scientific Advisor. The University of California also holds equity in RNAmeTRIX. Intellectual property that David Wong invented and which was patented by the University of California has been licensed to RNAmeTRIX.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blanca Majem
    • 1
  • Feng Li
    • 2
  • Jie Sun
    • 3
  • David T. W. Wong
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Biomedical Research Unit in Gynecology, Laboratory 209, Collserola Building, Vall Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) and University HospitalUniversity Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Division of Oral Biology and Oral Medicine, School of DentistryUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA)Los AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Medical School of Shenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina
  4. 4.Johnson Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA)Los AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Molecular Biology InstituteUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA)Los AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Head & Neck Surgery/Otolaryngology, Henry Samuel School of Engineering and Applied ScienceUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA)Los AngelesUSA

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