This research could lead to advanced therapies for patients with dry mouth.
University of Louisville researchers are one step closer to helping millions of people whose salivary glands no longer work because of disease or damage from treating diseases.
Prof. Douglas Darling, PhD, Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation, and his team identified a protein sorting mechanism used by the salivary gland. The scientific discovery could form the basis for advanced therapies for patients whose salivary glands are damaged or no longer function due to radiation therapy, prescription drugs or Sjogren's Syndrome - an immune system disorder often defined by its two most common symptoms - dry eyes and a dry mouth. Read full article at Medical News.