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Role of H. pylori infection on modulation of miRNAs associated with Wnt/b-catenin pathway

Grant number: 15/08775-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Medical Clinics
Principal researcher:Marcelo Lima Ribeiro
Grantee:Rafael Zuppardo Gambeloni
Home Institution: Universidade São Francisco (USF). Campus Bragança Paulista. Bragança Paulista , SP, Brazil


It is known that H. pylori infection triggers a pathological progression in gastric mucosa which eventually culminates in the development of gastric cancer. Inevitably, the infection causes an inflammatory response in the host, which generates reactive species of oxygen and nitrogen, which can cause protein alterations, damage to cell membranes and oxidation to the DNA molecule, which are known to be important steps in the development of gastric cancer. In addition, there is evidence in the literature and obtained by our research group, showing that H. pylori infection is directly linked to a reduction in the efficiency of DNA repair mechanisms, which would favor the accumulation of mutations and genomic instability, favoring the genesis of gastric cancer. Some recent studies have shown the importance of regulation of oncogenic Wnt pathway/b-catenin and its downstream targets in various types of cancer. However, the association between genes and targets of the Wnt/b-catenin in the DNA repair pathways are still poorly explored. Taking into account the importance of epigenetic alterations in posttranscriptional level by microRNAs (miRNA), on the regulation of expression of genes involved in various stages of carcinogenesis. And considering that the H. pylori infection could modulate the expression of miRNAs, we intend to evaluate the association of H. pylori infection in modulating the expression of miRNAs associated with the Wnt/b-catenin.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SANTOS, JULIANA C.; GAMBELONI, RAFAEL Z.; ROQUE, ALINE T.; OECK, SEBASTIAN; RIBEIRO, MARCELO L. Epigenetic Mechanisms of ATM Activation after Helicobacter pylori Infection. American Journal of Pathology, v. 188, n. 2, p. 329-335, FEB 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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