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Physiol Res. 2007;56(3):255-66. Epub 2006 Jun 22.

Genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes mellitus in humans.

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Internal Clinic, Comenius University, Jesenius School of Medicine, Martin, Slovakia.


Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM 1A) is an autoimmune disease belonging to the most frequent chronic diseases of the childhood and young adults. DM 1A results from immune-mediated destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. It is a genetically determined disease and many genes or genetic regions were found to be associated with its induction. In addition to the insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus 1 (IDDM1) gene, which marks the HLA region, and IDDM2 which marks the insulin gene, significant associations of DM 1A to other IDMM genes or genetic regions we reported. We shortly review recent achievements in the field, and the state of current knowledge.

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