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Systemic release of norepinephrine (NE) is a component of the acute host response to infection, and studies in the field of microbial endocrinology indicate generally that NE increases the bacterial growth rate and promotes invasive disease. However, NE attenuates experimental invasive pneumococcal disease. We determined that NE promoted pneumococcal growth(More)
Helicobacter pylori virulence determinants have not previously been studied in detail in Latin Americans with H. pylori infections. We characterized the vacA (vacuolating cytotoxin gene A) and cagA (cytotoxin-associated gene A) types of more than 400 single-colony isolates from 20 patients in Mexico City. For 17 patients H. pylori strains of two or more(More)
BACKGROUND Virulence factors of Helicobacter pylori are associated with peptic ulcer disease and may be also associated with bleeding peptic ulcers (BPU). AIM To determine whether H. pylori and/or the cytotoxin-associated gene (cagA) can increase the risk of bleeding in peptic ulcers. PATIENTS Sixty-seven patients were studied. Thirty had BPU, 20 had(More)
After colonizing the human gastric mucosa, Helicobacter pylori can remain within the host for years and even decades, and is associated with several, highly significant gastric pathologies. In Mexico, the seroprevalence at 1 year of age is 20% and the estimated increment in seropositivity per year is 5% for children aged 1-10 years. More than 80% of adults(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori is associated with chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. Two major virulence factors of H. pylori have been described: the pathogenicity island cag (cag PAI) and the vacuolating cytotoxin gene (vacA). Virtually all strains have a copy of vacA, but its genotype varies. The cag PAI is a region of 32 genes in(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori is associated with chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to assess the topographical distribution of H. pylori in the stomach as well as the vacA and cagA genotypes in patients with and without gastric cancer. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Three gastric biopsies, from predetermined(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori infection is common in the Mexican population; however, sources, routes, and risk factors for infection as well as mode of transmission remain unclear. METHODS H. pylori was detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique in three aquatic systems located in the Mexico City area. In addition, microbiologic cultures and(More)
In the Mexico City metropolitan area (MCMA), 70% of the water for 18 million inhabitants is derived from the Basin of Mexico regional aquifer. To provide an overview of the quality of the groundwater, a longitudinal study was conducted, in which 30 sites were randomly selected from 1,575 registered extraction wells. Samples were taken before and after(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies showed that Helicobacter pylori existed in the New World prior to the arrival of Columbus. The purpose of the present study was to detect the presence of Helicobacter pylori in pre-Columbian mummies from Northern Mexico. METHODS Six samples were studied (four samples of gastric remains, tongue-soft palate, and brain remained as(More)
Oxygen or nutrient deprivation of early stage tumoral spheroids can be used to reliably mimic the initial growth of primary and metastatic cancer cells. However, cancer cell growth during the initial stages has not been fully explored using a genome-wide approach. Thus, in the present study, we investigated the transcriptome of breast cancer cells during(More)