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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 694-700
Impact of cytotoxin-associated gene A of Helicobacter pylori strains on microalbuminuria in type 2 diabetes


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
3 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

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Tarek A Ghonemy
Renal Unit, Zagazig University Hospital, Zagazig
Egypt
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Cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) positive strains of H. pylori have a significant correlation with gastritis and peptic ulcer, and may induce persistent systemic inflammatory response, increase vascular damage, and compromise glycemic control in diabetic patients. To evaluate correlation between infection by cagA positive strains of H. pylori and occurrence of microalbuminuria and glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients, we prospectively studied 98 dyspeptic type 2 diabetic patients as a study group and 102 dyspeptic non-diabetic subjects as a control group. Gastric biopsy specimens obtained with endoscopy were cultured to isolate H. pylori. All the isolated H. pylori strains from cultures were used for detection of cagA gene by polymerase chain reaction. There was no significant difference between study and control groups regarding infection with cagA positive strains of H. pylori ( P= 0.145). Furthermore, there was no significant differences between both groups concerning the incidence of microalbuminuria ( P= 0.145). On the other hand, there was an extremely statistically significant difference in the inci­dence of microalbuminuria and glycemic control in the diabetic patients between those infected with cagA positive strains of H. pylori and cag A negative starins (P= 0.000). We conclude that infection with cagA positive strains of H. pylori are strongly associated with the increased inci­dence of microalbuminuria and poor glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients.


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