Background: Helicobacter pylori infection is a major cause of gastritis and gastric carcinoma. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory and antineoplastic activity. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of aspirin on H. pylori-induced gastritis and the development of heterotopic proliferative glands. Methods: H. pylori strain SS1 was inoculated into the stomachs of Mongolian gerbils. Two weeks after inoculation, the animals were fed with the powder diets containing 0 p.p.m. (n = 10), 150 p.p.m. (n = 10), or 500 p.p.m. (n = 10) aspirin. Mongolian gerbils were killed after 36 weeks of infection. Uninfected Mongolian gerbils (n = 10) were used as controls. Histologic changes, epithelial cell proliferation and apoptosis, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels of gastric tissue were determined. Results: H. pylori infection induced gastric inflammation. Administration of aspirin did not change H. pylori-induced gastritis, but alleviated H. pylori-induced hyperplasia and the development of heterotopic proliferative glands. Administration of aspirin accelerated H. pylori-associated apoptosis but decreased H. pylori-associated cell proliferation. In addition, the increased gastric PGE2 levels due to H. pylori infection were suppressed by treatment with aspirin, especially at the dose of 500 p.p.m. Conclusions: Aspirin alleviates H. pylori-induced hyperplasia and the development of heterotopic proliferative glands. Moreover, aspirin increases H. pylori-induced apoptosis. We demonstrated the antineoplastic activities of aspirin in H. pylori-related gastric carcinogenesis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Infectious Diseases