The potential role of the esophageal pre-epithelial barrier components in the maintenance of integrity of the esophageal mucosa in patients with endoscopically negative gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Our data indicate that patients with E (-) GERD have an esophageal secretory potential, in terms of glycoconjugate and protein, higher than that in asymptomatic controls. This phenomenon in patients with E (-) GERD may, by enhancing the quantity of the esophageal pre-epithelial barrier, help to prevent the development of erosive esophagitis. A significantly lower esophageal secretory response in patients with E (-) GERD in terms of nonbicarbonate buffers and TGFalpha may facilitate the development of GERD symptoms and histological changes of GERD, respectively.
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