A mouse model of chronic pancreatitis induced by an alcohol and high fat diet

T. Clinkinbeard, R. H. Kline, L. P. Zhang, S. L. McIlwrath, J. F. Watkins, K. N. Westlund

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Background/Aims: Study of acute pancreatitis in chemically-induced rodent models has provided useful data; models of alcoholic chronic pancreatitis have not been available in mice. The aim of the present study was to characterize a mouse model of chronic pancreatitis induced solely with an alcohol and high fat (AHF) diet. Methods: Mice were fed a liquid high fat diet containing 6% alcohol as well as a high fat supplement (57% total dietary fat) over a period of five months or as control, normal chow ad libitum. Pain related measures utilized as an index of pain included mechanical sensitivity of the hind paws determined using von Frey filaments and a smooth/rough textured plate. A modified hotplate test contributed information about higher order behavioral responses to visceral hypersensitivity. Mice underwent mechanical and thermal testing both with and without pharmacological treatment with a peripherally restricted μ-opioid receptor agonist, loperamide. Results: Mice on the AHF diet exhibited mechanical and heat hypersensitivity as well as fibrotic histology indicative of chronic pancreatitis. Low dose, peripherally restricted opiate loperamide attenuated both mechanical and heat hypersensitivity. Conclusion: Mice fed an alcohol and high fat diet develop histology consistent with chronic pancreatitis as well as opioid sensitive mechanical and heat hypersensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
JournalOpen Pain Journal
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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  • Behavioral test
  • Fibrosis
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Loperamide
  • Mu opioid
  • Nociception
  • Pain
  • Pancreas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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