About me

DDS, PhD. Researcher mainly interested in understanding the immune mechanisms underlying periodontal disease and its interplay with other chronic diseases. Also interested in the identification of salivary biomarkers for chronic inflammatory diseases.


Peri-implant treatment reduces the salivary levels of Colony stimulator factor-1 and S100A8/A9. de Mello-Neto JM, Teixeira MKS, Teixeira GS, Lourenço EJV, Telles DM, Lira-Junior R, Ipe D, Nair RG, Boström EA, Figueredo CM Odontology 2021 Apr;109(2):540-546

Adjunctive Antiseptic Irrigation of Periodontal Pockets: Effects on Microbial and Cytokine Profiles. Vitt A, Babenka A, Boström EA, Gustafsson A, Lira Junior R, Slizen V, et al Dent J (Basel) 2020 Nov;8(4):

Salivary and Serum Inflammatory Profiles Reflect Different Aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Activity. Majster M, Lira-Junior R, Höög CM, Almer S, Boström EA Inflamm Bowel Dis 2020 Sep;26(10):1588-1596

Periodontal disease and its impact on general health in Latin America. Section V: Treatment of periodontitis. Fischer RG, Lira Junior R, Retamal-Valdes B, Figueiredo LC, Malheiros Z, Stewart B, et al Braz Oral Res 2020 ;34(supp1 1):e026

S100A12 Expression Is Modulated During Monocyte Differentiation and Reflects Periodontitis Severity. Lira-Junior R, Holmström SB, Clark R, Zwicker S, Majster M, Johannsen G, et al Front Immunol 2020 ;11():86

Clinical, immunological and microbial gingival profile of juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus patients. Sete MRC, Carlos JC, Lira-Junior R, Boström EA, Sztajnbok FR, Figueredo CM Lupus 2019 Feb;28(2):189-198

MMP-12 and S100s in saliva reflect different aspects of periodontal inflammation. Holmström SB, Lira-Junior R, Zwicker S, Majster M, Gustafsson A, Åkerman S, et al Cytokine 2019 01;113():155-161

Salivary microbial profiles in relation to age, periodontal, and systemic diseases. Lira-Junior R, Åkerman S, Klinge B, Boström EA, Gustafsson A PLoS ONE 2018 ;13(3):e0189374

Oral-gut connection: one step closer to an integrated view of the gastrointestinal tract? Lira-Junior R, Boström EA Mucosal Immunol 2018 03;11(2):316-318

Colony stimulating factor-1 in saliva in relation to age, smoking, and oral and systemic diseases. Lira-Junior R, Åkerman S, Gustafsson A, Klinge B, Boström EA Sci Rep 2017 08;7(1):7280

Salivary and Serum Markers Related to Innate Immunity in Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis. Lira-Junior R, Öztürk VÖ, Emingil G, Bostanci N, Boström EA J. Periodontol. 2017 12;88(12):1339-1347


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