The CEACAM1 expression is decreased in the liver of severely obese patients with or without diabetes
Department of Pathology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea
Diagnostic Pathology 2011, 6:40 doi:10.1186/1746-1596-6-40Published: 11 May 2011
Type 2 diabetes is mainly caused by insulin resistance. The carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) is an important candidate for causing insulin resistance.
The CEACAM1 expression was evaluated immunohistochemically in the liver tissues of 99 severely obese or non-obese subjects with or without diabetes. The CEACAM1 expression was classified into two categories: a normal expression or a decreased expression.
The CEACAM1 expression was markedly decreased in the hepatocytes with macrovesicular steatosis. A decreased CEACAM1 expression was noted in 29 (29%) of 99 cases. The incidence of a decreased CEACAM1 expression was significantly higher in high grade fatty liver as well as severe obesity with or without diabetes (p < 0.05). The incidence of a decreased CEACAM1 expression was not different between the diabetic and non-diabetic groups.
This data supports that a decreased CEACAM1 expression is related to obesity and a fatty liver.