Helicobacter pylori is a genetically diverse bacterial species, which has facilitated adaptation to new hosts and persists worldwide. The main objective of this study was to explore intra-familial transmission of H. pylori in Bangladesh. We characterized H. pylori in 35 families including 138 family members using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) fingerprinting. Forty-six percent of H. pylori isolated from the mother shared a related genotype with strains isolated from their children. Twenty-nine percent of H. pylori isolates of the mother are related to the youngest children. Only 6% of the parents shared related genotype of H. pylori. These findings suggest that mother-to-child transmission occurs in early childhood and is the most probable route of transmission of H. pylori in Bangladesh.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|