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H. pylori Crossing Mucus Layer of Stomach

H. pylori Crossing Mucus Layer of Stomach

Contact with stomach acid keeps the mucin lining the epithelial cell layer in a spongy gel-like state. This consistency is impermeable to the bacterium Heliobacter pylori. However, the bacterium releases urease which neutralizes the stomach acid. This causes the mucin to liquefy, and the bacterium can swim right through it.

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http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=115409

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Also featured in:
MedicineWorld.org
http://medicineworld.org/stories/lead/8-2009/uncovering-the-secrets-of-ulcer-causing-bacteria.html

Science Daily
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090812163805.htm