Diabetes - Molecular Metabolism

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology


  • Type 2 diabetes, insulin, T2D


The overall goal of our research unit is to understand metabolic control of insulin secretion and why it fails in type 2 diabetes (T2D). In recent years, this has meant that we have used information from GWAS (Genome-wide association study) to direct our efforts towards the genes which are actually linked to the development of the disease. To reach this overarching goal, we have worked along two lines: 1) mitochondrial (dys)function in ß-cells and, 2) melatonin signaling in islets. In fact, these projects have emanated from findings in GWAS, where genetic variants of Transcription factor B1 mitochondrial (TFB1M) and the Melatonin receptor 1B have been robustly associated with T2D. Overall, our work holds promise to increase understanding of how T2D evolves. Mitochondrial function is difficult to target with drugs. In contrast, the melatonin receptor 1B is a potential drug target in T2D.

Recent research outputs

Luis Rodrigo Cataldo Bascuñan, Claire Lyons, Bennet, H., Isabella Artner & Malin Fex 2018 May 23 In : Acta Physiologica. e13101

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Lindström, L., Li, T., Malycheva, D., Kancharla, A., Helén Nilsson, Neelanjan Vishnu, Hindrik Mulder, Martin Johansson, Rosselló, C. A. & Maria Alvarado-Kristensson 2018 May 3 In : Communications Biology. 1, https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-018-0037-3, 37

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ahlqvist, E. , Storm, P. , Käräjämäki, A. , Martinell, M. , Dorkhan, M. , Carlsson, A. , Vikman, P. , Prasad, R. B. , Aly, D. M. , Almgren, P. , Wessman, Y. , Shaat, N. , Spégel, P. , Mulder, H. , Lindholm, E. , Melander, O. , Hansson, O. , Malmqvist, U. , Lernmark, Å. , Lahti, K. & 4 others Forsén, T., Tuomi, T., Anders H. Rosengren & Leif Groop 2018 Mar 5 In : The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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