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A `New' Saliva Substance, Probably Inherited, and Serologically Independent of ABH, Lewis, and Sda Blood Group Substances
  1. P. Balding,
  2. E. R. Gold
  1. Laboratory of Immunology, Department of Child Health, University of Bristol


    The presence of a `new' inherited substance has been detected in Caucasian, Bantu, and Chinese saliva samples, meconium, and gastric juice using the haemagglutinins of Clostridium botulinum, types C and D. It is serologically independent of ABH, Lewis, and Sda secretor status; at present it does not appear to be related to blood group systems and it is absent from the saliva of 7·14% of the Caucasian population. The structure of the substance may be related in some way to human gangliosides.

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