Statin therapy is associated with epigenetic modifications in individuals with Type 2 diabetes

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Aim: Statins lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the exact mechanisms of statins remain unknown. We investigated whether statin therapy associates with epigenetics in Type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients. Materials & methods: DNA methylation was analyzed in blood from newly diagnosed T2D patients in All New Diabetics in Scania (ANDIS) and a replication cohort All New Diabetics in Uppsala County (ANDiU). Results: Seventy-nine sites were differentially methylated between cases on statins and controls (false discovery rate <5%) in ANDIS. These include previously statin-associated methylation sites annotated to DHCR24 (cg17901584), ABCG1 (cg27243685) and SC4MOL (cg05119988). Differential methylation of two sites related to cholesterol biosynthesis and immune response, cg17901584 (DHCR24) and cg23011663 (ARIH2), were replicated in ANDiU. Conclusion: Statin therapy associates with epigenetic modifications in T2D patients.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Navarra
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes


  • cardiovascular disease, causal mediation analyses, DNA methylation, epigenetics, HDL, LDL, pharmacoepigenetics, statins, therapy, Type 2 diabetes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-925
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 1
Publication categoryResearch