Assessment of co-existence of Helicobacter pylori and Candida fungi in diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract

J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Dec;60 Suppl 6:33-9.


Candida spp. were found in the gastric mucosa of 27 (17%) patients, out of whom 18 (11%) showed co-existence of the fungi with H. pylori. Analysis of relationship between selected disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract (non ulcer dyspepsia NUD, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer) and infection with H. pylori and/or Candida revealed a link between co-existence of H. pylori with Candida and gastric ulcers suggesting synergism of those microorganism in pathogenesis of the disease. On the contrary, according to quantitative studies performed, the fungi alone do not play a significant role in pathogenesis of the above mentioned disorders as they colonize only epithelium to the extent that is not pathologically significant (<10(3) CFU/ml). Genetical study was carried out on 57 Helicobacter pylori strains isolated from bioptates of the gastric mucosa. The genotypes of the strains (gene cagA and alleles of gene vacA - m1, m2, s1, s2) were determined using the PCR technique. As it was shown, the patients infected with H. pylori strains of genotype cagA+, vacA s1 are exposed to higher risk of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) as compared to the patients infected with cagA-, vacA s2 strains. In the case of the NUD patients a correlation with allele m2 was found only (p<0.001). This may suggest that in future some of the NUD patients infected with cagA+, vacA s1 strains will fall into the group at higher risk for PUD.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antigens, Bacterial / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Candida / isolation & purification*
  • Candida / pathogenicity
  • Candidiasis / microbiology*
  • Gastric Mucosa / microbiology
  • Gastritis / microbiology
  • Helicobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Helicobacter pylori / genetics
  • Helicobacter pylori / isolation & purification*
  • Helicobacter pylori / pathogenicity
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptic Ulcer / microbiology*
  • Stomach Ulcer / microbiology*
  • Symbiosis
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Tract / microbiology*
  • Young Adult


  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • VacA protein, Helicobacter pylori
  • cagA protein, Helicobacter pylori