Fas deficiency exacerbates cerulein-induced pancreatitis

D. Rohan Jeyarajah, M. Kielar, S. T. Gokaslan, G. Lindberg, C. Y. Lu

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Acute pancreatitis results in many deaths each year. Our understanding of the pathophysiology is limited. To better understand the impact of apoptosis versus necrosis, we compared cerulein-induced pancreatitis in Fas-deficient (MRL lpr/lpr) versus Fas-sufficient (MRL +/+) mice. Average amylase values in Fas-deficient mice were substantially greater than in the Fas-sufficient mouse. Histology graded on edema, inflammation, vacuolization, and necrosis showed greater injury in the Fas-deficient mouse. This finding suggests that the Fas pathway is important in controlling cerulein-induced pancreatitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-333
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Investigative Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003


  • Apoptosis
  • FAS
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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