Shared Genetic Factors Involved in Celiac Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Anorexia Nervosa Suggest Common Molecular Pathways for Chronic Diseases
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

Background and Objectives Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several genetic regions involved in immune-regulatory mechanisms to be associated with celiac disease. Previous GWAS also revealed an over-representation of genes involved in type 2 diabetes and anorexia nervosa associated with celiac disease, suggesting involvement of common metabolic pathways for development of these chronic diseases. The aim of this study was to extend these previous analyses to study the gene expression in the gut from children with active celiac disease. Thirty six target genes involved in type 2 diabetes and four genes associated with anorexia nervosa were investigated for gene expression in small intestinal biopsies from 144 children with celiac disease at median (range) age of 7.4 years (1.6-17.8) and from 154 disease controls at a median (range) age 11.4. years (1.4-18.3). A total of eleven of genes were differently expressed in celiac patients compared with disease controls of which CD36, CD38, FOXP1, SELL, PPARA, PPARG, AGT previously associated with type 2 diabetes and AKAP6, NTNG1 with anorexia nervosa remained significant after correction for multiple testing. Shared genetic factors involved in celiac disease, type 2 diabetes and anorexia nervosa suggest common underlying molecular pathways for these diseases.

RNA extraction

Gene expressio

Type 2 diabetes

Gastrointestinal tract

Genome-wide association studies

Anorexia nervosa

Genetics of disease

Celiac disease


Johanna Mostowy

Göteborgs universitet

Caroline Montén

Lunds universitet

Audur Gudjonsdottir

Göteborgs universitet

Henrik Arnell

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska universitetssjukhuset

Lars Browaldh


Staffan Nilsson

Göteborgs universitet

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Matematisk statistik

Daniel Agardh

Lunds universitet

Åsa Torinsson Naluai

Göteborgs universitet


1932-6203 (ISSN)

Vol. 11 8 e0159593


Klinisk medicin





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