Effects of Helicobacter pylori γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase on Apoptosis and Inflammation in Human Biliary Cells

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, 40002, Thailand.
Digestive Diseases and Sciences (Impact Factor: 2.61). 05/2012; 57(10):2615-24. DOI: 10.1007/s10620-012-2216-2
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Several studies have reported the presence of H. pylori in individuals with hepatobiliary diseases, but in vitro and in vivo studies are still needed. Here, we determined the effects of H. pylori γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) on the induction of apoptosis and IL-8 production in a human cholangiocarcinoma cell line (KKU-100 cells).
Cell viability and DNA synthesis were examined by MTT and BrdU assays, respectively. RT-PCR and western blot analysis were performed to assess gene and protein expression, respectively. IL-8 secretion in KKU-100 cells was measured by ELISA.
Exposure to the H. pylori ggt (+) strain decreased KKU-100 cell survival and DNA synthesis when compared with cells exposed to the H. pylori ggt mutant strain. Treatment with recombinant H. pylori GGT (rHP-GGT) dramatically decreased cell survival and DNA synthesis, and stimulated apoptosis; these features corresponded to an increased level of iNOS gene expression in KKU-100 cells treated with rHP-GGT. RT-PCR and western blot analyses revealed that rHP-GGT treatment enhanced the expression of pro-apoptotic molecules (Bax, Caspase-9, and Caspase-3) and down-regulated the expression of anti-apoptotic molecules (Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL). The extrinsic-mediated apoptosis molecules, including Fas and activated Caspase-8, were not expressed after treatment with rHP-GGT. Furthermore, rHP-GGT significantly stimulated IL-8 secretion in KKU-100 cells.
Our data indicate that H. pylori GGT might be involved in the development of cancer in hepatobiliary cells by altering cell kinetics and promoting inflammation.

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    • "Our previous in vitro studies revealed that H. pylori induces multiple effects in CCA cell lines, including inflammation (IL-8 production), cell proliferation and apoptosis [12,13]. We also found that at a low multiplicity of infection (MOI=1), H. pylori could induce inflammatory and cell proliferative responses in CCA cell lines. "
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    ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori infection has been proposed to be associated with various diseases of the hepatobiliary tract, including cancer of the bile duct epithelial cells (cholangiocarcinoma, CCA). The ability of H. pylori bacteria to cause pathogenic effects in these cells has, however, yet to be investigated. Given that the cag pathogenicity island (cagPAI) is required for H. pylori pathogenesis in gastric epithelial cells, we investigated wild-type and cag mutant strains for their ability to adhere, be internalized and induce pro-inflammatory responses in two bile duct epithelial cell lines derived from cases of CCA. The findings from these experiments were compared to results obtained with the well-characterized AGS gastric cancer cell line. We showed that the cagPAI encodes factors involved in H. pylori internalization in CCA cells, but not for adhesion to these cells. Consistent with previous studies in hepatocytes, actin polymerization and α5β1 integrin may be involved in H. pylori internalization in CCA cells. As for AGS cells, we observed significantly reduced levels of NF-κB activation and IL-8 production in CCA cells stimulated with either cagA, cagL or cagPAI bacteria, when compared with wild-type bacteria. Importantly, these IL-8 responses could be inhibited via either pre-treatment of cells with antibodies to α5β1 integrins, or via siRNA-mediated knockdown of the innate immune signaling molecules, nucleotide oligomerization domain 1 (NOD1) and myeloid differentiation response gene 88 (MyD88). Taken together, the data demonstrate that the cagPAI is critical for H. pylori pathogenesis in bile duct cells, thus providing a potential causal link for H. pylori in biliary tract disease.
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    • "HPgGT represents an important virulence factor of H. pylori since it plays an essential role in the colonization of the gastric mucosa and predisposes infected individuals to a higher risk of developing peptic ulcer [26,27]. Furthermore, during H. pylori infection, gGT has been described to induce oxidative stress and is one of the bacterial virulence factors responsible for inducing the pro-inflammatory chemokine IL-8 in epithelial cells [27,28]. On the other hand, the effects induced by H. bilis gGT (HBgGT) remain largely unknown. "
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