Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 57, Issue 10, pp 2615–2624 | Cite as

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

  • Wongwarut Boonyanugomol
  • Chariya Chomvarin
  • Jea-Young Song
  • Kyung-Mi Kim
  • Jung-Min Kim
  • Myung-Je Cho
  • Woo-Kon Lee
  • Hyung-Lyun Kang
  • Kwang-Ho Rhee
  • Banchob Sripa
  • Chariya Hahnvajanawong
  • Seung-Chul Baik
Original Article



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.


H. pylori γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase Apoptosis Hepatobiliary diseases Cholangiocarcinoma 



We would like to thank the Commission on Higher Education, Thailand, for supporting this research with a grant funds under the Strategic Scholarships for Frontier Research Network for the Joint Ph.D. Program Thai Doctoral degree. We would also like to thank Khon Kaen University and the National R&D Program for Cancer Control, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family affairs, Republic of Korea (0820050) for supporting some parts of this work. We would further like to thank the Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center, Khon Kaen University for providing the cell line.

Conflict of interest

We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wongwarut Boonyanugomol
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chariya Chomvarin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jea-Young Song
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kyung-Mi Kim
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jung-Min Kim
    • 3
    • 4
  • Myung-Je Cho
    • 3
    • 4
  • Woo-Kon Lee
    • 3
    • 4
  • Hyung-Lyun Kang
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kwang-Ho Rhee
    • 3
    • 4
  • Banchob Sripa
    • 2
    • 5
  • Chariya Hahnvajanawong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Seung-Chul Baik
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineKhon Kaen UniversityKhon KaenThailand
  2. 2.Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research CenterKhon Kaen UniversityKhon KaenThailand
  3. 3.Department of MicrobiologyGyeongsang National University School of MedicineJinjuRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Research Institute of Life ScienceGyeongsang National University School of MedicineJinjuRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Pathology, Faculty of MedicineKhon Kaen UniversityKhon KaenThailand

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