Role of metaplasia during gastric regeneration

Emma Teal, Martha Dua-Awereh, Sabrina T. Hirshorn, Yana Zavros

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Teal E, Dua-Awereh M, Hirshorn ST, Zavros Y. Role of metaplasia during gastric regeneration. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 319: C947-C954, 2020. First published August 5, 2020; doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00415.2019.-Spasmolytic polypeptide/trefoil factor 2 (TFF2)-expressing metaplasia (SPEM) is a mucous-secreting reparative lineage that emerges at the ulcer margin in response to gastric injury. Under conditions of chronic inflammation with parietal cell loss, SPEM has been found to emerge and evolve into neoplasia. Cluster-of-differentiation gene 44 (CD44) is known to coordinate normal and metaplastic epithelial cell proliferation. In particular, CD44 variant isoform 9 (CD44v9) associates with the cystineglutamate transporter xCT, stabilizes the protein, and provides defense against reactive oxygen species (ROS). xCT stabilization by CD44v9 leads to defense against ROS by cystine uptake, glutathione (GSH) synthesis, and maintenance of the redox balance within the intracellular environment. Furthermore, p38 signaling is a known downstream ROS target, leading to diminished cell proliferation and migration, two vital processes of gastric epithelial repair. CD44v9 emerges during repair of the gastric epithelium after injury, where it is coexpressed with other markers of SPEM. The regulatory mechanisms for the emergence of CD44v9 and the role of CD44v9 during the process of gastric epithelial regeneration are largely unknown. Inflammation and M2 macrophage infiltration have recently been demonstrated to play key roles in the induction of SPEM after injury. The following review proposes new insights into the functional role of metaplasia in the process of gastric regeneration in response to ulceration. Our insights are extrapolated from documented studies reporting oxyntic atrophy and SPEM development and our current unpublished findings using the acetic acid-induced gastric injury model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C947-C954
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cd44 variant isoform 9
  • Cystine-glutamate transporter
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Spasmolytic polypeptide-expressing metaplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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