Novel Helicobacter pylori therapeutic targets: The unusual suspects
Duckworth, M. J., Okoli, A. S., & Mendz, G. L. (2009). Novel Helicobacter pylori therapeutic targets: The unusual suspects. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, 7(7), 835-867. doi:10.1586/eri.09.61
Understanding the current status of the discovery and development of anti-Helicobacter therapies requires an overview of the searches for therapeutic targets performed to date. A summary is given of the very substantial body of work conducted in the quest to find Helicobacter pylori genes that could be suitable candidates for therapeutic intervention. The products of most of these genes perform metabolic functions, and others have roles in growth, cell motility and colonization. The genes identified as potential targets have been organized into three categories according to their degree of characterization. A short description and evaluation is provided of the main candidates in each category. Investigations of potential therapeutic targets have generated a wealth of information about the physiology and genetics of H. pylori, and its interactions with the host, but have yielded little by way of new therapies.