The Nonhuman Primate Model for H. pylori Infection

  • Andre Dubois
  • Douglas E. Berg
Part of the Methods in Molecular Medicine book series (MIMM, volume 8)


Helicobacter pylori establishes chronic infections in the human gastric mucosa that can last for decades, and that are a major cause of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and a risk factor for gastric cancer. The importance of H. pylori as a human pathogen has led to major efforts to understand its interactions with its human host, including the development and use of various animal models. Several heterologous models have been developed, including:
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    Gnotobiotic newborn piglets, which are easily infected by H. pylori of human origin (1,2), but are best for short term studies lasting no more than about a month,

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    Mice and ferrets, which can be colonized for months and years, respectively, although most easily by Helicobacter species other than H. pylori (3,4),

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    Particular strains of mice, which can be colonized by selected H. pylori strains (56); and

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    Domestic cats, which can also carry H. pylori (7), but which exhibit an inflammatory response different from that seen in humans (mononuclear infiltration deep near the lamina propria, not throughout the mucosa) and which also differ in diet and gastric anatomy



Rhesus Monkey Pylorus Infection Nonhuman Primate Pylorus Strain Brain Heart Infusion Broth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andre Dubois
    • 1
  • Douglas E. Berg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesda
  2. 2.Department of Molecular MicrobiologyWashington University Medical SchoolSt. Louis

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