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FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 1996 Apr;13(4):303-9.

Gastrointestinal colonisation of BALB/cA mice by Helicobacter pylori monitored by heparin magnetic separation.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Lund University, Sweden.


Immunocompetent and immunodeficient BALB/cA mice were fed orally with 10(8) colony forming units of 2-day-old spiral or coccoid (12 days old) Helicobacter pylori strain NCTC 11637. Immunocompetent BALB/cA mice were also fed orally with decreasing numbers of spiral or coccoid forms of H. pylori. The gastrointestinal colonisation process was monitored for 34 days post-infection by heparin magnetic separation and subsequent enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for the detection of the H. pylori cells. Both mice types were colonised with H. pylori. The coccoid form of H. pylori gave higher EIA absorbance values and more efficient colonisation in the mice than the spiral form. Immunocompetent BALB/cA mice fed with the coccoid form of H. pylori exhibited an acute inflammation process in histopathological samples from the stomachs. In conclusion, H. pylori can infect both immunocompetent as well as immunodeficient BALB/cA mice and coccoids (viable but non-culturable) obtained after 12 days of culturing can infect BALB/cA mice.

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