Collaborative work on cancer


Helicobacter Pylori

Role of invadosomes in the progression of liver cancer 



Infecting hepatocytes with the pathogen Helicobacter Pylori induces the formation of invadosomes (Leroux-Goglin et al., 2012). The aim of this project is now to investigate the signalling pathways activated by H. Pylori that control the assembly of invadosomes and the impact of the invadosomes on hepatocyte behaviour. 


This collaborative project is led by Dr Pirjo Spuul at Tallinn (University of Technology in Estonia) and Christine Varon (INSERM U1053, University of Bordeaux, France), and is funded by Campus France.

Figure caption:

a) Phase contrast image of a coculture of H. Pylori and human gastric cells (courtesy of Christine Varon, INSERM U1053, Université de Bordeaux)


b) Induction of invadosomes by H. pylori in infected hepatocellular carcinoma cells Confocal images of H. pylori (green) attached to Huh7 cells and induced invadosomes marked with F-actin (red) and cortactin (white) colocalisation. Nuclei are visualised by Hoechst staining (blue)


C) zoom of the invadosome rosette (boxed region shown in b).