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Cancer Res. 1996 Mar 15;56(6):1279-82.

Increased oxidative DNA damage in Helicobacter pylori-infected human gastric mucosa.

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Department of Microbiology, Gyeongsang National University College of Medicine, Chinju, Kyung-Nam, Republic of Korea.


Helicobacter pylori causes type B gastritis. It shows strong association with the development of gastric carcinoma. A plausible hypothesis for the missing link between H. pylori infection and gastric carcinogenesis involves oxygen free radical-induced DNA damage. To test this hypothesis, we compared the amount of 9-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, a marker for oxygen free radical-induced DNA damage, in the DNA of human gastric mucosa with and without H. pylori infection. Gastric antral biopsies were taken from pediatric patients and volunteers to select H. pylori-positive and H. pylori-negative specimens. The 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine content of the gastric mucosal DNA was measured after H. pylori-positive and H. pylori-negative volunteers were identified. The increased level of oxidative DNA damage suggests the mechanistic link between H. pylori infection and gastric carcinoma.

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