Aug 29, 2014

Deficient ER acetyl-CoA import in acinar cells leads to chronic pancreatitis

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Gautam AgarwalGuy Groblewski


Maintaining endoplasmic reticulum (ER) proteostasis is essential for pancreatic acinar cell function. Under conditions of severe ER stress, activation of pathogenic unfolded protein response pathways play a central role in the development and progression of pancreatitis. A key event in this pathogenic response is a loss of the transcription factor spliced XBP1 (XBP1s) and activation of the PERK pathway. Less is known of the consequence of perturbing ER-associated post-translational protein modification during pancreatitis. Here we show that expression of the ER acetyl-CoA transporter AT-1, necessary for ER protein acetylation, lies downstream of XBP1s and is significantly downregulated during the onset of pancreatitis. Genetic deletion of AT-1 in acinar cells of adult pancreas induces chronic ER stress marked by activation of both the XBP1s and PERK pathways, leading to mild/moderate chronic pancreatitis evidenced by accumulation of intracellular trypsin, immune cell infiltration, and fibrosis, but little pancreatic degeneration. Two-day induction of acute on chronic pancreatitis in AT-1 acinar specific knockout mice results in a severe CP phenotype with pronounced pancreatic atrophy. These findings uncover a new layer of compl...Continue Reading

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