Gene-specific oxidative DNA damage in Helicobacter pylori-infected human gastric mucosa

Jinhee Choi, Sun Hee Yoon, Ja Eun Kim, Kwang Ho Rhee, Hee Sang Youn, Myung Hee Chung

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To study the status of oxidative DNA damage in Helicobacter pylori infection in more detail, we examined oxidative DNA damage to individual genes by determining the loss of PCR product of a targeted gene before and after gastric mucosal DNA was treated with 8-hydroxyguanine glycosylase, which cleaves DNA at the 8-hydroxyguanine residues. The results showed that, of the 5 genes tested, p53, insulin-like growth factor II receptor and transforming growth factor-β receptor type II showed significant oxidative DNA damage in H. pylori-positive tissues and that the BAX and β-ACTIN genes were relatively undamaged. These results suggest that in H. pylori infection, oxidative DNA damage does not occur homogeneously throughout the genomic DNA but, rather, in a gene-specific manner. We conclude that the progressive accumulation of preferential oxidative DNA damage in certain genes, such as p53, likely contributes to gastric carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-490
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2002


  • 8-Hydroxydeoxyguanosine
  • Gastric carcinogenesis
  • Gene-specific DNA damage
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • p53


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