Extragastric Helicobacter species


Stephen L.W. On, Danish Veterinary Institute, Bülowsvej 27, DK-1790 Copenhagen V, Denmark. Tel.: + 45 35 30 02 59; Fax: + 45 35 30 01 20; E-mail: sto@vetinst.dk


The genus Helicobacter has expanded at a rapid pace and no fewer than 31 species have been named since the proposal of the genus in 1989. Of these 31 species, 22 are principally associated with extragastric niches and there is increasing interest in the role of these taxa in diseases of humans and animals. Substantial evidence attests to certain species playing a role in the pathogenesis of enteric, hepatic and biliary disorders and some taxa demonstrate zoonotic potential. The importance of extragastric Helicobacters is likely to be an important topic for research in the near future. Here, important papers published in the field this last year are reviewed.