Grb2 is a key mediator of helicobacter pylori CagA protein activities

Mol Cell. 2002 Oct;10(4):745-55. doi: 10.1016/s1097-2765(02)00681-0.


CagA delivered from Helicobacter pylori into gastric epithelial cells undergoes tyrosine phosphorylation and induces host cell morphological changes. Here we show that CagA can interact with Grb2 both in vitro and in vivo, which results in the activation of the Ras/MEK/ERK pathway and leads to cell scattering as well as proliferation. Importantly, this ability of CagA is independent from the tyrosine phosphorylation, which occurs within the five repeated EPIYA sequences (PY region) of CagA. However, the PY region appears to be indispensable for the Grb2 binding and induction of the cellular responses. Thus, intracellular CagA via its binding to Grb2 may act as a transducer for stimulating growth factor-like downstream signals which lead to cell morphological changes and proliferation, the causes of H. pylori-induced gastric hyperplasia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing*
  • Animals
  • Antigens, Bacterial*
  • Bacterial Proteins / chemistry
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Size
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein
  • Helicobacter pylori / genetics
  • Helicobacter pylori / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Mutation
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosphotyrosine / metabolism
  • Protein Binding
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein
  • GRB2 protein, human
  • Proteins
  • cagA protein, Helicobacter pylori
  • Phosphotyrosine