Scientists discover how helicobacter survives gastric acidBMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7230.268 (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:268
- Abi Berger
The puzzle of how Helicobacter pylori manages to live happily in the hostile acidic environment of the stomach has been solved. Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles, have discovered that H pylori has a unique, acid gated membrane channel, which effectively controls the amount of alkali produced by the bacterium to combat gastric acid, allowing it to survive and grow in gastric acid.
They have also identified the gene that encodes …
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