August Krogh Seminar

Do epigenetics modifications influence the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes?

v/ Charlotte Ling, PhD, Associate Professor, Epigenetics and Diabetes Unit, Lund University Diabetes Centre, Department of Clinical Sciences, CRC, Scania University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden


It is well established that combinations of genetic and environmental factors affect the susceptibility for type 2 diabetes. While ageing, obesity and physical inactivity represent non-genetic risk factors, genome-wide association studies have identified approximately 60 polymorphisms that influence type 2 diabetes. However, epigenetic modifications may also promote the disease.

Indeed, studies from our group suggest that epigenetic modifications are involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. We have also shown that environmental factors, including exercise and diet, may affect the epigenetic pattern in human muscle and fat.

Moreover, we recently demonstrated that polymorphisms associated with type 2 diabetes directly modify the epigenetic pattern in humans. Together, we propose a model where combinations of genetic, epigenetic and non-genetic factors contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes.


22 March 2013 14:00-15:30


Auditorium 1, August Krogh Building, Universitetsparken 13, DK-2100 Copenhagen


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