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A hypothesis of couplet molecules and couplet cells in gastric function and an association with Helicobacter pylori

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Title
A hypothesis of couplet molecules and couplet cells in gastric function and an association with Helicobacter pylori
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BMC Gastroenterology, February 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12876-016-0429-0
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Cyril John Craven

Abstract

Gastrin, from G-cells, and histamine, from enterochromaffin-like (ECL) cells, are two of the hormones that regulate gastric activity. It is proposed that the G-cells and the ECL cells are coupled by the couplet molecules gastrin and histamine and by a prior asymmetrical cell division. The gastrin (from G-cells) stimulates the ECL cells to produce and secrete histamine while, in a reciprocal way, this histamine (from ECL cells), stimulates the G-cells to produce and secrete gastrin. These molecules would also stimulate cell division - the gastrin would stimulate cell division of ECL cells while histamine would stimulate that of G-cells. A chemical complex of gastrin and histamine is postulated as is also the asymmetric cell divisions of precursor cells to produce the coupled G-cells and ECL cells. There is sufficient evidence to support the feasibility of the model in general, but more direct experimental evidence is required to validate the model as applied here to gastric function.

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Country Count As %
Thailand 1 33%
Unknown 2 67%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 1 33%
Other 1 33%
Student > Master 1 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Immunology and Microbiology 1 33%
Chemistry 1 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 33%