Competition for Iron Between Host and Pathogen: A Structural Case Study on Helicobacter pylori

Published on Jan 1, 2017in Methods of Molecular Biology
路 DOI :10.1007/978-1-4939-6673-8_5
Wei Xia18
Estimated H-index: 18
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a highly successful bacterial pathogen, which colonizes the stomach of more than half of the world's population. To colonize and survive in such an acidic and inhospitable niche, H. pylori cells have evolved complex mechanisms to acquire nutrients from human hosts, including iron, an essential nutrient for both the pathogens and host cells. However, human cells also utilize diverse strategies in withholding of irons to prevent the bacterial outgrowth. The competition for iron is the central battlefield between pathogen and host. This mini-review summarizes the updated scenarios of the battle for iron between H. pylori and human host from a structural biology perspective.
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