Co-infection relationship with Epstein-Barr virus in gastroduodenal diseases with Helicobacter Pylori. Quantitative PCR and EBNA-1 gene-based approach

Akkus S., Gareayaghi N., Saribas S., Demiryas S., Ozbey D., Kepil N., ...More

ACTA GASTRO-ENTEROLOGICA BELGICA, vol.85, no.2, pp.301-308, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 85 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.51821/85.2.9440
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-308
  • Keywords: Helicobacter pylori, Epstein-Barr virus, Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen 1 (EBNA-1), gastric cancer, EBV, EBNA-1 IgG antibody, peptic ulcer, GASTRIC-CANCER, ASSOCIATION, EBV, DNA, EXPRESSION, INFECTION, ULCER, CAGA, LOAD
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Helicobacter pylori (Hp) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) are involved in gastric cancer (GC) etiology. EBV/Hp co infection was thought synergistically increase gastroduodenal disease occurence. We aimed to determine the presence of EBV/Hp co-infection in gastroduodenal diseases. Methods: The study group had 68 Hp (+) cases [25 GC, 13 IM (intestinal metaplasia), 30 PU (peptic ulcer)], and the control group had 40 NUD (non-ulcer dyspepsia) cases [20 Hp+, 20 Hp-]. EBV-DNA was detected by non-polymorphic EBNA-1 gene-based qPCR. EBV/EBNA-1 IgG levels were determined by quantitative and qualitative ELISA methods, respectively. Results: EBV-DNA positivity was 32% (8/25), 6.6% (2/30) and 5% (1/20) in GC, PU and NUD Hp (+) cases, respectively. There was a significant difference (p = 0.001) between GC (32%) and NUD Hp (+) (5%) cases in terms of EBV-DNA positivity. Mean EBV-DNA copy numbers were 6568.54 ?? 20351, 30.60 ?? 159.88 and 13.85 ?? 61.93 for GC, PU, and NUD, respectively. In terms of the mean EBV-DNA copy number, a significant difference was found between the groups (p = 0.005). In terms of EBV/EBNA-1 IgG antibody positivity, no significant difference was found between GC and NUD cases (p = 0.248). EBV DNA positivity was found to be significant (odds ration [OR] = 26.71 (p=0.009, %95CI 2.286312.041) in multivariate logistic regression. Conclusio??n: Although we had a small number of GC cases, it can be suggested that the estimated risk created by the synergistic effect based on the addition of EBV increased 26 times in the presence of Hp in GC. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2022, 85, 301-308).