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  • Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factor

    Microbiology professor Steven Blanke (center), graduate student Prashant Jain (left) and postdoctoral researcher Tamilselvam Batcha found that a factor produced by the bacterium H. pylori directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.

    Microbiology professor Steven Blanke (center), graduate student Prashant Jain (left) and postdoctoral researcher Tamilselvam Batcha found that a factor produced by the bacterium H. pylori directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To contact Steven Blanke, call 217- 244-2412; e-mail sblanke@illinois.edu.
    The published paper, “Activation of the abundant nuclear factor poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 byHelicobacter pylori,” by Carlos W. Nossa, Prashant Jain, Batcha Tamilselvan, Vijay R. Gupta, Lin-Feng Chen, Valérie Schreiber, Serge Desnoyers, and Steven R. Blanke, was published in PNASNov. 24, 2009, Vol. 106, No. 47 19998-20003.