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Wound Repair Regen. 2011 Nov;19(6):745-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-475X.2011.00742.x.

CEACAM1 deficiency delays important wound healing processes.

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Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Cutaneous wound healing is a complex process that requires the coordination of many cell types to achieve proper tissue repair. Four major overlapping processes have been identified in wound healing: hemostasis, inflammation, reepithelialization and granulation tissue formation, and tissue remodeling. Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) is a glycoprotein expressed in epithelial, endothelial, lymphoid, and myeloid cells. Given its known roles in angiogenesis, cell migration, and immune functions, we hypothesized that CEACAM1 might also be involved in cutaneous wound healing and that a number of relevant CEACAM1-positive cell types might contribute to wound healing. To evaluate the role of CEACAM1 in these processes, 6-mm-diameter skin wounds were inflicted on Ceacam1(-/-) and wild-type mice. Herein, we demonstrate that CEACAM1 deletion indeed affects wound healing in three key ways. Infiltration of F4/80(+) macrophages was decreased in Ceacam1(-/-) wounds, altering inflammatory processes. Reepithelialization in Ceacam1(-/-) wounds was delayed. Furthermore, the vascular density of the granulation tissue in Ceacam1(-/-) wounds was significantly diminished. These results confirm CEACAM1's role as an important regulator of key processes in cutaneous wound healing, although whether this works via a specific cell type or alterations in the functioning of multiple processes remains to be determined.

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