Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 63, Issue 10, pp 2639–2650 | Cite as

Regulation of Autophagy Affects the Prognosis of Mice with Severe Acute Pancreatitis

  • Jianhua Wan
  • Jie Chen
  • Dangyan Wu
  • Xiaoyu Yang
  • Yaobin Ouyang
  • Yin Zhu
  • Liang XiaEmail author
  • Nonghua LuEmail author
Original Article



Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a common inflammatory disease that may develop to severe AP (SAP), resulting in life-threatening complications. Impaired autophagic flux is a characteristic of early AP, and its accumulation could activate oxidative stress and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) pathways, which aggravate the disease process.


To explore the therapeutic effects of regulating autophagy after the onset of AP.


In this study, intraperitoneal injections of 3-methyladenine (3-MA) and rapamycin (RAPA) in the l-arginine or cerulein plus lipopolysaccharide (LPS) Balb/C mouse model. At 24 h after the last injection, pulmonary, intestinal, renal and pancreatic tissues were analyzed.


We found that 3-MA ameliorated systemic organ injury in two SAP models. 3-MA treatment impaired autophagic flux and alleviated inflammatory activation by modulating the NF-κB signaling pathway and the caspase-1-IL-1β pathway, thus decreasing the injuries to the organs and the levels of inflammatory cytokines.


Our study found that the regulation of autophagy could alter the progression of AP induced by l-arginine or cerulein plus LPS in mice.


Acute pancreatitis Autophagy 3-methyladenine Inflammatory 



Acute pancreatitis


Severe AP


Nuclear factor κB










Microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3


Zonula occludens-1




Lactate dehydrogenase


Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay


Bicinchoninic acid


Sodium dodecyl sulfate


Polyvinylidene fluoride


Enhanced chemiluminescence


Junctional adhesion molecules


Acute lung injury


Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase


Reactive oxygen species



This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No: 81460130), the Science and Technology Plan Grant (No. 20165092) from the Health Department of Jiangxi Province, China, and the Science and Technology Plan Grant (Key project) (No. GJJ160024) from the Education Department of Jiangxi Province, China.

Author’s contribution

LX and JW conceived and designed the experiments. DW, GH, YZ, YF, JW, TM, JN and GY performed the experiments. GH, XW, DW and RW analyzed the data. GH, XW and RW contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. JW wrote the paper.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang UniversityNanchangPeople’s Republic of China

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