Salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) is an enzyme thought to reflect stress-related changes in the body.
Salivary measures have become increasingly important in behavioral medicine (Nater et al. 2013). Substances such as the hormone cortisol or the immune parameter salivary IgA can be measured in saliva as meaningful markers for various normal and pathological processes in the body. The salivary enzyme alpha-amylase (sAA) has been suggested to reflect stress-related changes in the body (Chatterton et al. 1996). Its secretion is elicited by activation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls the salivary glands.
Salivary alpha-amylase (α-1,4-α-d-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase; EC 188.8.131.52) is one of the most important enzymes in saliva. It accounts for 40–50% of the total salivary gland-produced protein, most of the enzyme being synthesized in the parotid glands (80% of the total). It is a calcium-containing metalloenzyme that hydrolyzes the α-1,4 linkages of...
References and Further Reading
- Linnemann, A., Strahler, J., & Nater, U. M. (2017). Assessing the effects of music listening on psychobiological stress in daily life. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (120). https://doi.org/10.3791/54920
- Schumacher, S., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T., & Strohle, A. (2013). Is salivary alpha-amylase an indicator of autonomic nervous system dysregulations in mental disorders?–a review of preliminary findings and the interactions with cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(6), 729–743.CrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar