Helicobacter pylori is the leading bacterial cause of food-borne illness worldwide and plays a major role in the development of chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer. Strains isolated from patients contain the cagA gene (cytotoxin-associated gene A) and produce the vacuolating cytotoxin, VacA. Recent molecular and cellular studies of VacA action have begun to unravel its structure and the details of the mechanism of gastric injury caused by H. pylori infection.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Japanese journal of infectious diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 5 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases