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Jan 2016 Frontiers in oncology

Autophagy Induced during Pancreatitis Promotes -Dependent Transformation in the Pancreas.


Iovanna JL


Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease that both facilitates and accelerates the transformation of pancreatic cells upon activation of the oncogene. Autophagy is proposed to be one of the cellular mechanisms contributing to pancreatic carcinogenesis, especially during initial stages in which the oncogene appears to play a key role. Autophagy is also strongly induced during pancreatitis by the overexpression of . We recently developed a genetically engineered mouse model in which the VMP1 protein is induced simultaneously with the activation of the oncogene specifically in the pancreas, by the addition of doxycycline to a water drink. Using this sophisticated animal model, we can affirm that pancreatic autophagy, induced during pancreatitis by the overexpression of , promotes the development of precancerous lesions when induced by the mutated . In addition, the treatment of these mice with chloroquine, an inhibitor of autophagic flux, reverses the effects of VMP1 in pancreatic cancer induced by the oncogene. Overall, these results bear both mechanistic and biomedical relevance for further understanding and potentially targeting pathways that are critical for initiating pancreatic carcinogenesis, particularly if associated with pancreatitis.

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