Helicobacter pylori infection is an established risk factor for gastritis, gastric ulcer, peptic ulcer and gastric cancer. CagA +ve H. pylori has been associated with oxidative DNA damage of gastric mucosa but their combined role in the development of gastric cancer is still unknown. Here we compare the combined expression of cagA and 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in normal, gastritis and gastric cancer tissues. Two hundred gastric biopsies from patients with dyspeptic symptoms, 70 gastric cancer tissue samples and 30 gastric biopsies from non-dyspeptic individuals (controls) were included in this study and 8-OHdG was detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Histological features and the presence of H. pylori infection were demonstrated by Hematoxylin and Eosin (HE), Giemsa and alcian blue-periodic acid-Schiff ± diastase (AB-PAS ± D) staining. DNA was extracted from tissues and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) performed to determine the presence of ureaseA and cagA genes of H. pylori. The results showed the presence of H. pylori in 106 (53 %) gastric biopsies out of 200 dyspeptic patients, including 70 (66 %) cases of cagA + ve H. pylori. The presence of cagA gene and high expression of 8-OHdG was highly correlated with severe gastric inflammation and gastric cancer particularly, in cases with infiltration of chronic inflammatory cells (36.8 % cagA + ve, 18 %), neutrophilic activity (47.2 %, 25.5 %), intestinal metaplasia (77.7 %, 35.7 %) and intestinal type gastric cancer (95 %, 95.4 %) (p ≤ 0.01). In conclusion, H. Pylori cagA gene expression and the detection of 8-OHdG adducts in gastric epithelium can serve as potential early biomarkers of H. Pylori-associated gastric carcinogenesis.
Helicobacter pyloriGastritis 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine Gastric cancer Immunohistochemistry
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We are also highly thankful to Mr. Nazim, Department of Histopathology, Zaiuddun University and Hospital, for his assistance in collecting samples. We are also highly grateful to Mrs. Nikki Kelvin for the technical revision of manuscript and Dr Saleem Iqbal for helping in statistical analysis.
Funds to conduct study were provided by HEC, Pakistan. Dr. Bernstein provided consumables and bench space at University of Arizona, USA. No other financial declarations by any of the authors.
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