Gallstone Pancreatitis: Pathogenesis and Treatment

Summary

Principal Investigator: Isaac Samuel
Affiliation: University of Iowa
Country: USA
Abstract: Gallstone pancreatitis is common and is potentially fatal. Enteral exclusion of bile-pancreatic juice by the stone causes feedback hyperstimulation of the exocrine pancreas that induces pancreatic overproduction of acute inflammatory mediators. Systemic spread of acute pancreatic inflammation leads to multi-organ failure which is the major cause of death from acute pancreatitis. However, no specific treatment is currently available as the pathogenic mechanisms are not well understood. We have used the rodent model of duct ligation-induced acute pancreatitis as an experimental analogy to investigate disease pathogenesis. We acknowledge the fact that species-related variations between rodents and humans may limit the clinical relevance and potential applications of these findings. However, useful information can still be garnered from these studies. Using a unique and original surgical model, the Donor Rat Model, we showed that enteral bile-pancreatic juice replacement substantially ameliorates pancreatic morphological changes in the early stages of ligation-induced acute pancreatitis and inhibits pancreatic overproduction of acute inflammatory mediators. We concluded that bile-pancreatic juice exclusion from gut plays an important role in exacerbating acute pancreatitis in our experimental model. Using our donor model, we have shown that stress kinase activation in pancreata of rats and mice after duct ligation is ameliorated by duodenal bile-pancreatic juice replacement. We present new evidence that p38 and ERK regulate NFkB-mediated gene transcription in an exocrine pancreatic (AR42J) cell line. Furthermore, we show that 24 h of duct ligation in the mouse is associated with pulmonary ERK activation and acute lung injury. We hypothesize that the local and systemic acute inflammatory response in gallstone pancreatitis is worsened by the enteral exclusion of bile-pancreatic juice that causes feedback hyperstimulation of the exocrine pancreas to activate pro-inflammatory pathways in the presence of an obstructed duct. Aim 1: To determine the mechanism of activation of pro-inflammatory pathways in isolated pancreatic acinar cells. Aim 2: To determine the mechanism of pancreatic production of cytokines, chemokines, and reactive oxygen species in the early stage of ligation-induced acute pancreatitis. Aim 3: To determine the mechanism of development of the local and systemic inflammatory response in the late stage of ligation-induced acute pancreatitis. We use novel approaches, such as in vivo gene modulation, to investigate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis by inhibition of ERK and p38. A role for enteral bile-pancreatic juice exclusion in the pathogenesis of gallstone pancreatitis, and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome, may provide the rationale for much needed therapeutic initiatives for a condition that is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality - and for which no specific therapy is known. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE. Acute pancreatitis is a common inflammatory condition of the pancreas that is potentially fatal. The commonest cause of acute pancreatitis world-wide is gallstones. This research proposal investigates how gallstone obstruction of the pancreatic duct may initiate acute inflammation of the pancreas. A better understanding of these processes will help to improve the treatment of this potentially fatal condition.
Funding Period: 2009-09-05 - 2010-08-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc A novel model of severe gallstone pancreatitis: murine pancreatic duct ligation results in systemic inflammation and substantial mortality
    Isaac Samuel
    Surgical Services, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    Pancreatology 10:536-44. 2010
  2. pmc The novel cytokine interleukin-33 activates acinar cell proinflammatory pathways and induces acute pancreatic inflammation in mice
    Duraisamy Kempuraj
    Department of Surgery, Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e56866. 2013
  3. pmc Nuclear factor kappa B-dependent gene transcription in cholecystokinin- and tumor necrosis factor-alpha-stimulated isolated acinar cells is regulated by p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase
    Deborah E Williard
    Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, USA
    Am J Surg 200:283-90. 2010
  4. pmc Dominant negative p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase expression inhibits NF-kappaB activation in AR42J cells
    Erik Twait
    Surgical Services, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Department of Surgery, Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    Pancreatology 10:119-28. 2010
  5. doi Systemic inflammation with multiorgan dysfunction is the cause of death in murine ligation-induced acute pancreatitis
    Zuobiao Yuan
    Department of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
    J Gastrointest Surg 15:1670-8. 2011

Detail Information

Publications5

  1. pmc A novel model of severe gallstone pancreatitis: murine pancreatic duct ligation results in systemic inflammation and substantial mortality
    Isaac Samuel
    Surgical Services, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    Pancreatology 10:536-44. 2010
    ..We developed a novel murine model of duct-ligation-induced acute pancreatitis associated with multiorgan dysfunction and severe mortality...
  2. pmc The novel cytokine interleukin-33 activates acinar cell proinflammatory pathways and induces acute pancreatic inflammation in mice
    Duraisamy Kempuraj
    Department of Surgery, Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e56866. 2013
    ..Specifically, whether pancreatic acinar cells produce IL-33 when stressed or respond to IL-33 stimulation, and whether IL-33 exacerbates acute pancreatic inflammation is unknown...
  3. pmc Nuclear factor kappa B-dependent gene transcription in cholecystokinin- and tumor necrosis factor-alpha-stimulated isolated acinar cells is regulated by p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase
    Deborah E Williard
    Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, USA
    Am J Surg 200:283-90. 2010
    ..We investigated the relationship between the p38 MAP kinase and NF-kappaB in isolated acinar cells...
  4. pmc Dominant negative p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase expression inhibits NF-kappaB activation in AR42J cells
    Erik Twait
    Surgical Services, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Department of Surgery, Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    Pancreatology 10:119-28. 2010
    ..The role of the p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase in acute pancreatitis pathogenesis is controversial. We hypothesize that p38 plays a role in regulating NF-kappaB activation in exocrine pancreatic cells...
  5. doi Systemic inflammation with multiorgan dysfunction is the cause of death in murine ligation-induced acute pancreatitis
    Zuobiao Yuan
    Department of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
    J Gastrointest Surg 15:1670-8. 2011
    ..We have previously shown that distal pancreatic duct ligation-induced acute pancreatitis in mice is associated with substantial mortality...