Journal of dental research. 2021-05-25; 220345211014432.

The Human Salivary Proteome Wiki: A Community-Driven Research Platform

Lau WW, Hardt M, Zhang YH, Freire M, Ruhl S

PMID: 34032471


Saliva has become an attractive body fluid for on-site, remote, and real-time monitoring of oral and systemic health. At the same time, the scientific community needs a saliva-centered information platform that keeps pace with the rapid accumulation of new data and knowledge by annotating, refining, and updating the salivary proteome catalog. We developed the Human Salivary Proteome (HSP) Wiki as a public data platform for researching and retrieving custom-curated data and knowledge on the saliva proteome. The HSP Wiki is dynamically compiled and updated based on published saliva proteome studies and up-to-date protein reference records. It integrates a wide range of available information by funneling in data from established external protein, genome, transcriptome, and glycome databases. In addition, the HSP Wiki incorporates data from human disease-related studies. Users can explore the proteome of saliva simply by browsing the database, querying the available data, performing comparisons of data sets, and annotating existing protein entries using a simple, intuitive interface. The annotation process includes both user feedback and curator committee review to ensure the quality and validity of each entry. Here, we present the first overview of features and functions the HSP Wiki offers. As a saliva proteome-centric, publicly accessible database, the HSP Wiki will advance the knowledge of saliva composition and function in health and disease for users across a wide range of disciplines. As a community-based data- and knowledgebase, the HSP Wiki will serve as a worldwide platform to exchange salivary proteome information, inspire novel research ideas, and foster cross-discipline collaborations. The HSP Wiki will pave the way for harnessing the full potential of the salivary proteome for diagnosis, risk prediction, therapy of oral and systemic diseases, and preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.Database URL: