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J Med Microbiol. 2008 Dec;57(Pt 12):1445-53. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.2008/003160-0.

Helicobacter pylori virulence and the diversity of gastric cancer in Asia.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Oita 879-5593, Japan.


Infection with cagPAI positive strains of Helicobacter pylori is recognized as being associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. This article reviews the current knowledge on the structures and pathological functions of cagPAI and the CagA protein, focusing especially on the molecular mechanism through which CagA may be involved in gastric carcinogenesis. The possible link between the geographical distribution of cagPAI and cagA variations and gastric cancer diversity in Asia is also discussed.

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