Cell adhesion molecules, plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1, and metabolic syndrome in patients with psoriasis

  • Guilherme Gomes Teixeira
  • Naiara Lourenço Mari
  • Jaqueline Costa Castardo de Paula
  • Tamires Flauzino
  • Marcell Alysson Batisti Lozovoy
  • Ligia Márcia Mário Martin
  • Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche
  • Michael Maes
  • Isaias Dichi
  • Andréa Name Colado SimãoEmail author
Original Article


The objective of this study is to delineate the cellular adhesion molecule (CAM) profile and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), and their association with metabolic syndrome (MetS) and carbohydrate metabolism biomarkers in psoriasis patients with mild and moderate severity. Sixty-seven patients with psoriasis as well as 102 healthy subjects were recruited. Insulin and Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR), but not glucose, were significantly higher in psoriasis than in controls. Psoriasis was characterized by increased plasma levels of platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), E-selectin, and PAI-1 as compared with controls. Psoriasis diagnosis could explain 59.0% of CAM and PAI-1 variance, with a particularly strong impact on E-selectin (45.6%), VCAM-1 (32.7%), and PAI-1 (24.8%). Subjects with MetS showed significantly higher E-selectin and PAI-1 than those without MetS. Using VCAM-1, E-selectin, PAI-1 (all positively), and P-selectin (inversely) in a binary regression equation, it was found that 87.6% of all patients were correctly classified with a sensitivity of 92.5% and a specificity of 84.3%. CAM and PAI-1 were correlated with carbohydrate metabolism biomarkers (glucose, insulin, and HOMA-IR). In conclusion, CAM levels are associated with psoriasis diagnosis and MetS may influence E-selectin and PAI-1 concentrations. More studies are needed to verify the causality among these factors, as well as their relation to the different degrees of disease severity.


Psoriasis Cellular adhesion molecules Metabolic syndrome Plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 Carbohydrate metabolism 



This study was supported by the National Council of Brazilian Research-CNPq and by Araucária Foundation from the state of Paraná. We thank the University Hospital of State University of Londrina for technical and administrative supports.


This research did not receive any funding.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its latter amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

All the participants included in this study provided written informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guilherme Gomes Teixeira
    • 1
  • Naiara Lourenço Mari
    • 1
  • Jaqueline Costa Castardo de Paula
    • 1
  • Tamires Flauzino
    • 1
  • Marcell Alysson Batisti Lozovoy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ligia Márcia Mário Martin
    • 3
    • 4
  • Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Maes
    • 5
    • 6
  • Isaias Dichi
    • 4
  • Andréa Name Colado Simão
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Research Laboratory in Applied ImmunologyUniversity of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Clinical Analysis and ToxicologyUniversity of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  5. 5.IMPACT Strategic Research Centre, School of MedicineDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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