Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Interleukin 8 (-251 T>A) polymorphism in children and teenagers infected with Helicobacter pylori

Saes, MarinaLabio, Roger Willian deRasmussen, Lucas TrevizaniPayão, Spencer Luiz Marques

BackgroundHelicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a gram-negative bacterium that colonizes the human stomach and causes a variety of gastric diseases. This study evaluated the correlations between the -251 (T>A) (rs4073) polymorphism of interleukin-8 (IL-8), the etiology of gastric disease, and H. pylori infection in pediatric and adolescent patients.MethodsDNA samples were obtained from 285 gastric biopsies from pediatric patients. H. pylori was detected by PCR, whereas PCR-RFLP was used to characterize the -251 (T>A) polymorphism of IL-8.ResultsThe histological analysis revealed the presence of gastritis in 158 patients (55.44%). H. pylori was found in 71 samples (24.9%). The -251 (T>A) polymorphism revealed that 58 (29.47%) samples were TT, 143 (50.18%) samples were TA, and 84 (20.35%) samples were AA.ConclusionsOur findings suggest that IL8-251 A allele may be an important risk factor for the development of gastric disease when associated with H. pylori infection.(AU)

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