Helicobacter pylori-induced IL-33 modulates mast cell responses, benefits bacterial growth, and contributes to gastritis Academic Article uri icon


  • Interleukin (IL)-induced inflammatory responses are critical for the pathogenesis of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)-induced gastritis. IL-33 represents a recently discovered proinflammatory cytokine involved in inflammatory diseases, but its relevance to H. pylori-induced gastritis is unknown. Here, we found that gastric IL-33 mRNA and protein expression were elevated in gastric mucosa of both patients and mice infected with H. pylori, which is positively correlated with bacterial load and the degree of gastritis. IL-33 production was promoted via extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) signaling pathway activation by gastric epithelial cells in a cagA-dependent manner during H. pylori infection, and resulted in increased inflammation and bacteria burden within the gastric mucosa. Gastric epithelial cell-derived IL-33 promoted TNF-α production from mast cells in vitro, and IL-33 increased TNF-α production in vivo. Increased TNF-α inhibited gastric epithelial cell proliferation, conducing to the progress of H. pylori-associated gastritis and bacteria colonization. This study defined a patent regulatory networks involving H. pylori, gastric epithelial cell, IL-33, mast cell, and TNF-α, which jointly play a pathological effect within the gastric circumstances. It may be a valuable strategy to restrain this IL-33-dependent pathway in the treatment of H. pylori-associated gastritis.


  • Lv, Yi-pin
  • Teng, Yong-sheng
  • Mao, Fang-yuan
  • Peng, Liu-sheng
  • Zhang, Jin-yu
  • Cheng, Ping
  • Liu, Yu-gang
  • Kong, Hui
  • Wang, Ting-ting
  • Wu, Xiao-long
  • Hao, Chuan-jie
  • Chen, Weisan
  • Yang, Shi-ming
  • Zhao, Yong-liang
  • Han, Bin
  • Ma, Qiang
  • Zou, Quan-ming
  • Zhuang, Yuan

publication date

  • 2018