Frequencies of serum antibodies to Helicobacter pylori CagA and VacA in a Turkish population with various gastroduodenal diseases

Sezikli M., Guliter S., Apan T. Z. , Aksoy A., Keles H., Ozkurt Z. N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.60, no.10, pp.1239-1243, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2005.00778.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.1239-1243


Infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) strains secreting cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) and vacuolating cytotoxin A (VacA) proteins is associated with more severe gastroduodenal pathologies. However, this association varies among geographical regions and ethnic groups. We investigated the frequencies of antibodies to CagA and VacA proteins in 131 H. pylori-infected dyspeptic patients [40 duodenal ulcer (DU), 19 gastric ulcer (GU), 28 gastric cancer (GC), and 44 non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD)] across 30 H. pylori-infected and endoscopically normal asymptomatic subjects (AS). Anti-CagA and anti-VacA antibodies were detected by Western blotting. The positivity rates of anti-CagA and anti-VacA antibodies were higher in patients with DU (92.5 and 75%), GU (89.5 and 84.2%) and GC (96.4 and 85.7%) than patients with NUD (70.5 and 50%) and AS (50 and 23.3%) (p < 0.05). CagA(+)VacA(+) phenotype was more frequent in patients with DU, GU and GC than patients with NUD and AS (75, 84.2, 85.7 vs. 47.7 and 20%, respectively) (p < 0.01). Our results showed that there is a significantly positive association between the presence of anti-CagA and anti-VacA antibodies and DU, GU and GC in our region.