Helicobacter pylori cholesterol-α-glucosyltransferase manipulates cholesterol for bacterial adherence to gastric epithelial cells

  • Jia Yin Yeh (Creator)
  • Chia Lin Wu (Creator)
  • Chun Ya Chen (Creator)
  • Chih Ho Lai (Creator)
  • Meng-Hsuan Chiang (Creator)
  • Chung Yao Hsu (Creator)
  • Hui Yu Wu (Creator)
  • Hwai-Jeng Lin (Creator)
  • Cheng Hsun Chiu (Creator)



Helicobacter pylori</i> infection is associated with several gastrointestinal diseases, including gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. Infection of cells with <i>H. pylori</i> is dependent on lipid rafts, which are cholesterol-rich microdomains located in the cell membrane. <i>H. pylori</i> cholesterol-α-glucosyltransferase (CGT) catalyzes the conversion of membrane cholesterol to cholesteryl glucosides, which can be incorporated into the bacterial cell wall, facilitating evasion from immune defense and colonization in the host. However, the detailed mechanisms underlying this process remain to be explored. In this study, we discovered for the first time that <i>H. pylori</i> CGT could promote adherence to gastric epithelial cells in a cholesterol-dependent manner. Externalization of cell membrane phosphatidylserine (PS) is crucial for enhancement of binding of <i>H. pylori</i> to cells by CGT and for cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA)-induced pathogenesis. Furthermore, exogenous cholesterol interferes with the actions of <i>H. pylori</i> CGT to catalyze cellular cholesterol, which impedes bacterial binding to cells and attenuates subsequent inflammation, indicating that the initial attachment of <i>H. pylori</i> to cells is closely dependent on host cholesterol. These results provide evidence that CGT contributes to <i>H. pylori</i> infectivity and it may serve as a key target for the treatment of <i>H. pylori</i>-associated diseases.
Date made available2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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