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Åke Lernmark

Immunogenetics of Type 1 Diabetes

The HLA DQ locus is the major genetic risk factor for both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.  Both diseases are also linked to several non−HLA candidate genes, which may modify risk. Several but different etiological factors in the environment have also been implicated in the disease risk for type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. The pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes is strongly associated with the appearance of autoantibodies against GAD65, IA−2, ZnT8 and insulin, alone or in combination. Our laboratory cloned human islet GAD65 and developed a novel assay now in worldwide use to detect these autoantibodies and other autoantibodies such as those against tissue transglutaminase that predict celiac disease.


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E-mail: ake [dot] lernmark [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Principal investigator

Diabetes and Celiac Unit

+46 40 39 19 01

+46 70 616 47 79


Jan Waldenströms gata 35, Malmö


Lund University Diabetes Centre, CRC, SUS Malmö, Entrance 72, House 91:12. SE-205 02 Malmö. Telephone: +46 40 39 10 00