Role of virulence factors and host cell signaling in the recognition of Helicobacter pylori and the generation of immune responses

Cody Allison, Richard Ferrero

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Helicobacter pylori colonizes a large proportion of the world s population, with infection invariably leading to chronic, lifelong gastritis. While the infection often persists undiagnosed and without causing severe pathology, there are a number of host, bacterial and environmental factors that can influence whether infection provokes a mild inflammatory response or results in significant morbidity. Intriguingly, the most virulent H. pylori strains appear to deliberately induce the epithelial signaling cascades responsible for activating the innate immune system. While the reason for this remains unclear, the resulting adaptive immune responses are largely ineffective in clearing the bacterium once infection has become established and, as a result, inflammation likely causes more damage to the host itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1233 - 1255
Number of pages23
JournalFuture Microbiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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