Indexed on: 26 Aug '14Published on: 26 Aug '14Published in: Cancer Letters
Our previous works showed chronic infection of Mycoplasma hyorhinis (M. hyorhinis) was associated with gastric cancer metastasis, but the mechanisms were unknown. Herein, we found M. hyorhinis induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in gastric cancer cell MGC803, which was counteracted by inhibitor of NF-κB signaling or p65 knockdown. Furthermore, we found that TLR4 associated with p37, a membrane protein of M. hyorhinis. Knock-down or inhibition of TLR4 antagonized M. hyorhinis-induced NF-κB signaling, EMT, and cell migration. Thus, M. hyorhinis induces EMT and promotes cell migration via TLR4-NF-κB signaling, which provides a clue to the pathogenesis of M. hyorhinis in gastric cancer.