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Despite frequent use of immunosuppressive drugs in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and reports of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection following post-transplant immunosuppression, data on the frequency and clinical significance of CMV in patients with IBD are scant. Sixty-three patients with IBD (61 ulcerative colitis and two Crohn's disease) were(More)
Background Despite association between H. pylori and gastric neoplasm (GN) from the developed world, studies from India, where infection is more common and acquired early, are scant and contradictory. Methods Two hundred and seventy-nine patients with GN from two northern and one eastern Indian centers during the period 1997–2005, 101 non-ulcer dyspepsia(More)
OBJECTIVE Although Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with gastric cancer (GC), only 1% of patients develop a malignancy, which suggests a role of host genetic factors. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of polymorphisms of GSTM1, GSTT1, and GSTP1 genes, which encode for carcinogen-detoxifying enzymes, in gastric mutagenesis. (More)
AIM Helicobacter pylori infection, though common, leads to gastric cancer (GC) in less than 1% individuals, suggesting the role of host factors. We previously reported the role of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) polymorphisms, the gene encoding a carcinogen-detoxifying enzyme, in GC. This study was aimed to evaluate GST enzyme activity, GST polymorphism,(More)
BACKGROUND Activity of cytochrome P450 (CYP), a polymorphic carcinogen-activating enzyme, is exaggerated following Helicobacter pylori infection. We studied the role of CYP2E1, CYP1A2 (rs762551), and CYP1A1 (rs4646903) polymorphisms in association with H. pylori infection in gastric carcinogenesis. METHODS Genotyping of CYP2E1 (96-bp insertion), CYP1A2(More)
BACKGROUND Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which may result from intestinal stasis, is common in malabsorption syndrome (MAS). Quantitative culture of upper gut aspirate is used as a gold standard for the diagnosis of SIBO. Studies on diagnosis of SIBO using non-invasive hydrogen breath tests are contradictory. METHODS 83 patients (age 35(More)
BACKGROUND Various causes of malabsorption syndrome (MAS) are associated with intestinal stasis that may cause small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Frequency, nature and antibiotic sensitivity of SIBO in patients with MAS are not well understood. METHODS Jejunal aspirates of 50 consecutive patients with MAS were cultured for bacteria and colony(More)
BACKGROUND In tropical sprue (TS), response to antibiotics may suggest a role for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which is known in diseases with prolonged orocecal transit time (OCTT). METHODS We studied 13 patients with TS (diagnosed by standard criteria) for frequency, nature and degree of bacterial contamination of the small bowel by(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) have emerged as a major threat worldwide with limited treatment options. The genotypes of ESBL producing strains largely remain unknown in India; hence the present study was aimed to determine the occurrence of ESBLs in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, their molecular types and(More)