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Research Article

Sphingomyelin Functions as a Novel Receptor for Helicobacter pylori VacA

  • Vijay R. Gupta equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Vijay R. Gupta, Hetal K. Patel

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Hetal K. Patel equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Vijay R. Gupta, Hetal K. Patel

    Affiliations: Department of Microbiology, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Sean S. Kostolansky,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Roberto A. Ballivian,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Joseph Eichberg,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Steven R. Blanke mail

    sblanke@life.uiuc.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Published: May 23, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1000073

About the Authors

Vijay R. Gupta, Hetal K. Patel, Sean S. Kostolansky, Steven R. Blanke
Department of Microbiology, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America
Hetal K. Patel, Roberto A. Ballivian, Joseph Eichberg
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: sblanke@life.uiuc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JE SB. Performed the experiments: VG HP SK RB. Analyzed the data: VG HP SK SB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: VG. Wrote the paper: JE SB.