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Reference Rapid and easy detection of Helicobacter pylori by in situ hybridization. Park CS, Kim J. Journal of Korean medical science. 1999.
Abstract Various in situ hybridization (ISH) methods have been used to identify Helicobacter pylori, a causative organism responsible for chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, but they were hard to perform and time consuming. To detect H. pylori in a rapid and easily reproducible way, we developed synthetic biotinylated oligonucleotide probes which complement rRNA of H. pylori. Formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues from 50 gastric biopsy specimens were examined. Using a serologic test and histochemical stain (Warthin-Starry silver stain and/or Giemsa stain) as a standard, 40 of them were confirmed to be H. pylori-positive. Our ISH was quickly carried out within one hr and results were compared with those obtained from immunohistochemical stain. The ISH produced a positive reaction in 38 of 40 cases (95%). All H. pylori-negative cases failed to demonstrate a positive signal. The ISH has a sensitivity comparable to those of conventional histochemical and immunohistochemical stain, and has high specificity. In conclusion, ISH with a biotinylated oligonucleotide probe provides a useful diagnostic method for detecting H. pylori effectively in routinely processed tissue sections.
Pubmed ID 10102518
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