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Helicobacter pylori LPS-induced gastric mucosal spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) recruitment to TLR4 and activation occurs with the involvement of protein kinase Cδ

  • B. L. Slomiany
  • A. Slomiany
Original Article


Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) has emerged recently as a major effector of proinflammatory genes expression induced by LPS-elicited TLR4 activation, and manifested by the up-amplification in the production of inflammatory mediators, including PGE2 and NO. Here, we investigated the nature of factors involved in the recruitment and interaction of Syk with TLR4 in gastric mucosa in response to H. pylori LPS. We show that stimulation of gastric mucosal cells with the LPS leads to localization of Syk with the membrane-associated TLR4 complex and its activation through phosphorylation on Tyr. Furthermore, we reveal that the membrane translocation of Syk upon the LPS stimulation occurs with the involvement of protein kinase Cδ (PKCδ)-mediated phosphorylation of Syk on Ser. Thus, our findings demonstrate that H. pylori LPS-induced up-regulation in Syk activity proceeds through the stage of PKCδ-mediated Syk phosphorylation on Ser, required for its recruitment to the membrane-anchored TLR4, followed by the kinase activation through phosphorylation on Tyr. Hence, the phase of PKCδ-mediated Syk phosphorylation on Ser affects the extent of amplification in gastric mucosal inflammatory response to H. pylori.


Gastric mucosa H. pylori Syk activation Role of PKCδ 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center, C855, Rutgers School of Dental MedicineRutgers, The State University of New JerseyNewarkUSA

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