Background: According to Warburg's effect, the rate of glycolysis increases in cancerous cells. This will increase overall levels of pyruvic acid. The present on-going study was conducted to estimate the levels of pyruvic acid in saliva and serum in normal, oral PMD subjects. Material and Methods: A total of 50 subjects in healthy, PMD of the oral cavity individuals were selected based on clinical and histological criteria. Collected saliva and serum samples were subjected to pyruvic acid level estimation using biochemical analysis. Results: Of the 50 participants 25 (13: Males; 12: Females) & 25 (16: Males; 9: Females) were PMD group. Independent samples t test showed statistically significant difference in serum & salivary pyruvic acid level in between 2 groups (P < 0.001 respectively) Conclusions: Estimation of pyruvic acid showed sequential increase in the level in PMD group compared to healthy. Hence the study results open new direction in cancer screening.
Bhat, A., Bhat, M., Prasad, K., Trivedi, D., & Acharya, S. (2015). Estimation of pyruvic acid in serum and saliva among healthy and potentially: Malignant disorder subjects - A stepping stone for cancer screening? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 7(4), e462–e465. https://doi.org/10.4317/jced.52266