Single-step PCR amplification and enzyme restriction analysis of the entire Helicobacter pylori cytotoxin vacA gene for genetic variability studies.

Centro de Investigación sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca, Mor, Mexico.
FEMS Microbiology Letters (Impact Factor: 2.72). 09/1999; 178(1):55-62. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.1999.tb13759.x
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT To monitor changes along the entire Helicobacter pylori vac A gene we carried out full-length single-step PCR amplification in 21 gastritis and gastric cancer isolates. HindIII restriction analysis led us to detect a > 400-bp internal insertion in vacA subsequently shown to be a direct 451-bp gene duplication. We found HindIII profiles for 16 genes that allowed their grouping into two restriction patterns that were related to theoretical profiles for previously sequenced Western genes. Comparisons with theoretical HindIII patterns for Japanese isolates appear suggestive of geographical H. pylori clonality. Full-length single-step PCR amplification seems suitable for quick restriction pattern assignment and detection of gene size changes.