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DNA methylation as a diagnostic and therapeutic target in the battle against Type 2 diabetes.

  • Tina Rönn
  • Charlotte Ling
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 451-460
Publication/Series: Epigenomics
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article review
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd.

Abstract english

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) develops due to insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion, predominantly in genetically predisposed subjects exposed to nongenetic risk factors like obesity, physical inactivity and ageing. Emerging data suggest that epigenetics also play a key role in the pathogenesis of T2D. Genome-wide studies have identified altered DNA methylation patterns in pancreatic islets, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue from subjects with T2D compared with nondiabetic controls. Environmental factors known to affect T2D, including obesity, exercise and diet, have also been found to alter the human epigenome. Additionally, ageing and the intrauterine environment are associated with differential DNA methylation. Together, these data highlight a key role for epigenetics and particularly DNA methylation in the growing incidence of T2D.


  • Endocrinology and Diabetes


  • Epigenetics and Diabetes
  • ISSN: 1750-192X
Tina Rönn
E-mail: tina [dot] ronn [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

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Epigenetics and Diabetes

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