Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 1

Comparison of Two Rapid Urease Test (RUT) and Culture Diagnostic Methods with PCR Technique to Detect Helical and Coccoid Forms of Helicobacter pylori in Clinical and Environmental Samples

Somayeh Allahkarami1*, Mohammad Hassan Shahhosseiny 2, Nasim Hayati Roodbari 3 and Davoud Esmaeili4

1Department of Biology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University,Tehran, Iran. 2Department of Microbiology, Islamic Azad University, Qods Branch, Tehran, Iran. 3Department of Biology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. 4Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Science, Baqiyatallah, Iran.

Received on 09 November 2014 and accepted on 29 December 2014



Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a worldwide disease that is the leading cause of digestive and extra digestive diseases. This bacterium exists in two forms, an actively dividing spiral form and a viable but non-culturable coccoid form. Coccoid forms widespread in aquatic environments, so, water as a reservoir of H. pylori which infects human. Given the limitations of routine diagnostic methods for detecting of H. pylori, Molecular approaches based on DNA amplification by PCR have been developed for accurate detection in both clinical and environmental samples. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of PCR compared to rapid urease test (RUT) and culture for the diagnosis of H. pylori in two sample groups including 100 gastric biopsy specimens from symptomatic dyspeptic patients and 60 water-induced coccoid samples. Biopsies were subjected to RUT and PCR; water-induced coccoids were subjected to Culture and PCR. By PCR, 85 gastric biopsy samples were confirmed as H. pylori positive whereas only 63 were positive using RUT. In water-induced coccoid samples, 22 were detected by PCR but culture method detected H. pylori in 4 of them. The results indicate PCR assay is more rapid, sensitive and specific compared to RUT and Culture for identifying spiral and coccoid forms of H. pylori in samples.

Keywords : Helicobacter pylori, coccoid, RUT, PCR, Culture.