Helicobacter Pylori. By Torin Hester. Simple Facts. Scientific Name: Helicobacter Pylori Classification: Spiral shaped, Gram negative, referred to as a clade. Common human pathogen Slow growing. Function/Impact.
By Torin Hester
Not only can H. Pylori break down your stomach acid, it also weakens your immune system. This is because when your immune system senses this bacteria in your body, T cells are sent to it to kill it off. Since the bacteria lives in the stomach though, the T cells have trouble getting to the bacteria and they continue to be sent out. When this happens, extra nutrients are sent out to the T cells, and white cells, and the H. Pylori feed off of the nutrients. This makes it a chemohetrotroph because it uses energy from mucus lining in stomach and feeds off of nutrients from T cells and white cells.
This is what causes inflammation and/or peptic ulcers.