Scientific Name: Urea C-14
Brand Name: Pytest
Company Owner: Not Available
Mechanism Of Action The urease enzyme is not present in mammalian cells, so the presence of urease in the stomach is evidence that bacteria are present. The presence of urease is not specific for H. pylori, but other bacteria are not usually found in the stomach. To detect H. pylori, urea labeled with 14C is swallowed by the patient. If gastric urease from H. pylori is present, urea is split to form CO2 and NH3 at the interface between the gastric epithelium and lumen and 14CO2 is absorbed into the blood and exhaled in the breath. Following ingestion of the capsule by a patient with H. pylori, 14CO2 excretion in the breath peaks between 10 and 15 minutes and declines thereafter with a biological half-life of about 15 minutes. Therefore, the detection of isotope-labelled carbon dioxide in exhaled breath indicates that urease is present in the stomach, and hence that H. pylori bacteria are present.
Description of the Drug: Urea C-14 is a diagnostic agent used for the detection of urease associated with Helicobacter pylori in the human stomach and initial diagnosis or post-treatment monitoring of Helicobacter pylori infection in adults.
Protein Data Bank: Not Available
Source: DrugBank Online – Retrieved 2023-01-23 from