Detection of Helicobacter pylori DNA in recurrent aphthous stomatitis tissue by PCR

Riggio, M. P. , Lennon, A. and Wray, D. (2000) Detection of Helicobacter pylori DNA in recurrent aphthous stomatitis tissue by PCR. Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, 29(10), pp. 507-513. (doi:10.1034/j.1600-0714.2000.291005.x)

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Helicobacter pylori is recognised as being an aetiological agent of chronic active gastritis and peptic ulcer disease and has been associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. The natural reservoir for H. pylori is unknown, although the oral cavity has been the focus of much attention in this respect. Given the histological similarities between gastric and oral ulceration, it seemed prudent to investigate a possible association between H. pylori and recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). In this study, the potential involvement of H. pylori in the aetiology of RAS was investigated using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Biopsies from 28 RAS patients were analysed, in addition to 20 oral lichen planus (OLP) and 13 normal biopsies that were used as controls. Genomic DNA was extracted from biopsies, and confirmation of successful extraction of PCR-amplifiable DNA was achieved by carrying out PCR on each DNA sample with nested primers specific for the human beta-haemoglobin gene. PCR identification of H. pylori was carried out using a primer pair specific for the H. pylori 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. Two rounds of PCR were carried out to amplify a 295-bp product, and the identity of amplified products was confirmed by DNA sequencing. H. pylori DNA was detected in 3 of 28 (11%) RAS samples but not in any of 20 OLP and 13 normal samples. These results do not support a definitive aetiological role for H. pylori in RAS, although the possibility that H. pylori may be involved in a small proportion of RAS cases cannot be excluded.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennon, Mr Alan and Wray, Professor David and Riggio, Dr Marcello
Authors: Riggio, M. P., Lennon, A., and Wray, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1600-0714

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