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FEBS Lett. 2014 Nov 17;588(22):4234-43. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2014.04.010. Epub 2014 Apr 18.

Beyond genetics. Influence of dietary factors and gut microbiota on type 1 diabetes.

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1
Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark. Electronic address: dn@food.ku.dk.
2
Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.
3
Bartholin Institute, Rigshospitalet, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
4
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.

Abstract

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease ultimately leading to destruction of insulin secreting β-cells in the pancreas. Genetic susceptibility plays an important role in T1D etiology, but even mono-zygotic twins only have a concordance rate of around 50%, underlining that other factors than purely genetic are involved in disease development. Here we review the influence of dietary and environmental factors on T1D development in humans as well as animal models. Even though data are still inconclusive, there are strong indications that gut microbiota dysbiosis plays an important role in T1D development and evidence from animal models suggests that gut microbiota manipulation might prove valuable in future prevention of T1D in genetically susceptible individuals.

KEYWORDS:

Diet; Etiology; Gut microbiota; Type 1 diabetes

PMID:
24746688
DOI:
10.1016/j.febslet.2014.04.010
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