Serum-inducible protein (IP)-10 is a disease progression-related marker for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Nozomu Wada, Akinobu Takaki, Fusao Ikeda, Tetsuya Yasunaka, Masahiro Onji, Kazuhiro Nouso, Atsuko Nakatsuka, Jun Wada, Kazuko Koike, Koji Miyahara, Hidenori Shiraha, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Okada

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Background: The molecular pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is not well defined. The objective of the present study was to identify disease progression-related cytokines and investigate the molecular pathogenesis of such changes in NASH. Methods: A study population of 20 non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and 59 NASH patients diagnosed by liver biopsy and 15 healthy volunteers was recruited. The serum pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines were measured by a multiple enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The hepatic mRNA expressions of cytokines were measured by real-time PCR. A monocyte cell line was stimulated with Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligand under a high glucose and insulin condition, and cellular cytokine mRNA expression was quantified. Results: One group of cytokines was higher in NAFL and NASH than in controls, while another group was higher in NASH than in NAFL and controls. The NASH-specific second group included interleukin (IL)-15 and interferon-γ-inducible protein (IP)-10. In particular, IP-10 was higher in NAFL than in controls and higher in NASH than in NAFL and controls. The sensitivity to diagnose NASH was 90%, with specificity of 50%. Insulin resistance reflecting a high glucose and insulin condition resulted in higher IP-10 mRNA expression in the monocyte cell line only with concomitant TLR-2 stimulation. Conclusions: IP-10 is a sensitive marker of the need for liver biopsy. Insulin resistance with bacteria-related TLR-2 stimulation might induce IP-10 production from monocytes. Insulin resistance and intestinal barrier function should be intensively controlled to prevent progression from NAFL to NASH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalHepatology International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Insulin resistance, interferon-γ-inducible protein-10
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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