A comprehensive evaluation of an animal model for Helicobacter pylori-associated stomach cancer: Fact and controversy

Rizki Amalia, Nur Syahadati Retno Panenggak, Dalla Doohan, Yudith Annisa Ayu Rezkitha, Langgeng Agung Waskito, Ari Fahrial Syam, Masrul Lubis, Yoshio Yamaoka, Muhammad Miftahussurur

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Even though Helicobacter pylori infection was the most causative factor of gastric cancer, numerous in vivo studies failed to induce gastric cancer using H. pylori infection only. The utilization of established animal studies in cancer research is crucial as they aim to investigate the coincidental association between suspected oncogenes and pathogenesis as well as generate models for the development and testing of potential treatments. The methods to establish gastric cancer using infected animal models remain limited, diverse in methods, and showed different results. This study investigates the differences in animal models, which highlight different pathological results in gaster by literature research. Electronic databases searched were performed in PubMed, Science Direct, and Cochrane, without a period filter. A total of 135 articles were used in this study after a full-text assessment was conducted. The most frequent animal models used for gastric cancer were Mice, while Mongolian gerbils and Transgenic mice were the most susceptible model for gastric cancer associated with H. pylori infection. Additionally, transgenic mice showed that the susceptibility to gastric cancer progression was due to genetic and epigenetic factors. These studies showed that in Mongolian gerbil models, H. pylori could function as a single agent to trigger stomach cancer. However, most gastric cancer susceptibilities were not solely relying on H. pylori infection, and numerous factors are involved in cancer progression. Further study using Mongolian gerbils and Transgenic mice is crucial to conduct and establish the best models for gastric cancer associated H. pylori.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12943
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • animal model
  • cancer
  • gastric cancer
  • Helicobacter pylori


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