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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2015, Article ID 301716, 12 pages
Research Article

Helicobacter pylori Outer Membrane Vesicle Proteins Induce Human Eosinophil Degranulation via a β2 Integrin CD11/CD18- and ICAM-1-Dependent Mechanism

1Department of Microbiology and Department of Biomedical Science, Hanyang University College of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Sungdong-gu, Seoul 133-791, Republic of Korea
2Department of Biotechnology, Joongbu University, Choongnam, Republic of Korea
3Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
4Department of Food and Nutrition, Brain Korea 21 PLUS Project, College of Human Ecology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
5Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Republic of Korea
6Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Received 2 October 2014; Revised 24 December 2014; Accepted 30 December 2014

Academic Editor: Massimo C. Fantini

Copyright © 2015 Su Hyuk Ko et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), a cytotoxic protein contained in eosinophils granules, can contribute to various inflammatory responses. Although Helicobacter pylori infection increases infiltration of eosinophils, the mechanisms of eosinophil degranulation by H. pylori infection are largely unknown. The goal of this study was to investigate the role of H. pylori outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) in modulating eosinophil degranulation. We found that eosinophils treated with H. pylori OMVs released significantly more ECP compared with untreated controls. In addition, eosinophils cocultured with OMV-preexposed primary gastric epithelial cells exhibited significantly increased ECP release. Similarly, eosinophils cocultured with culture supernatant (CM) from primary gastric epithelial cells exposed to OMVs (OMV-CM) released significantly higher amounts of ECP compared with eosinophils cocultured with CM from unexposed control cells. Furthermore, OMVs and OMV-CM both induced the upregulation of ICAM-1 on gastric epithelial cells and β2 integrin CD11b on eosinophils. In addition, both transduction of ICAM-1 shRNA into gastric epithelial cells and treatment with neutralizing mAbs to CD18 significantly decreased OMV-mediated or OMV-CM-mediated release of ECP. These results suggest that the eosinophil degranulation response to H. pylori OMVs occurs via a mechanism that is dependent on both β2 integrin CD11/CD18 and ICAM-1.