Dynamic imaging of pancreatic nuclear factor κ (NF-κB) activation in live mice using adeno-associated virus (AAV) infusion and bioluminescence

Abrahim I. Orabi, Swati Sah, Tanveer A. Javed, Kathryn L. Lemon, Misty L. Good, Ping Guo, Xiangwei Xiao, Krishna Prasadan, George K. Gittes, Shunqian Jin, Sohail Z. Husain

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Nuclear factorκB (NF-κB) is an important signaling molecule that plays a critical role in the development of acute pancreatitis. Current methods for examining NF-κB activation involve infection of an adenoviral NF-κB-luciferase reporter into cell lines or electrophoretic mobility shift assay of lysate. The use of adenoassociated viruses (AAVs) has proven to be an effective method of transfecting whole organs in live animals. We examined whether intrapancreatic duct infusion of AAV containing an NF-κB-luciferase reporter (AAV-NF-κB-luciferase) can reliably measure pancreatic NF-κB activation. We confirmed the infectivity of the AAV-NF-κB-luciferase reporter in HEK293 cells using a traditional luciferase readout. Mice were infused with AAV-NF-κB-luciferase 5 weeks before induction of pancreatitis (caerulein, 50 μg/kg). Unlike transgenic mice that globally express NF-κB-luciferase, AAV-infused mice showed a 15-fold increase in pancreas-specific NF-κB bioluminescence following 12 h of caerulein compared with baseline luminescence (p < 0.05). The specificity of the NF-κB-luciferase signal to the pancreas was confirmed by isolating the pancreas and adjacent organs and observing a predominant bioluminescent signal in the pancreas compared with liver, spleen, and stomach. A complementary mouse model of post-ERCP-pancreatitis also induced pancreatic NF-κB signals. Taken together these data provide the first demonstration that NF-κB activation can be examined in a live, dynamic fashion during pancreatic inflammation. Webelieve this technique offers a valuable tool to study real-time activation of NF-κB in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11309-11320
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 1 2015


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