Roles of oxidative stress in stomach disorders

J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2012 Jan;50(1):35-9. doi: 10.3164/jcbn.11-115SR. Epub 2011 Dec 9.


The stomach is a sensitive digestive organ that is susceptible and exposed to exogenous pathogens from the diet. In response to such pathogens, the stomach induces oxidative stress, which might be related to the development of gastric organic disorders such as gastritis, gastric ulcers, and gastric cancer, as well as functional disorders such as functional dyspepsia. In particular, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori plays a major role in eliciting and confronting oxidative stress in the stomach. The present paper summarizes the pathogenesis of oxidative stress in the stomach during the development of various stomach diseases.

Keywords: Helicobacter pylori; gastric mucosa; oxidative stress.