Inability of human clinical strains of Helicobacter pylori to colonize the alimentary tract of germfree rodents

M. T. Cantorna, E. Balish

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Several attempts were made to colonize the alimentary tract and infect germfree BALB/c mice and germfree Sprague-Dawley rats with two human isolates of Helicobacter pylori. The alimentary tracts of mice, sacrificed at intervals between 1 day and 20 weeks after oral challenge, were culture negative for H. pylori. The alimentary tract, kidney, liver, and mesenteric lymph nodes were culture negative for H. pylori 5 h after intravenous challenge. Growth of H. pylori was inhibited by homogenates of murine stomach, small intestine, liver, and mesenteric lymph nodes. Germfree rats and mice do not appear to be readily colonized or infected by human strains of H. pylori.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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