Special Issue "Genetics of Diabetes"


A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Claire Vandiedonck
Inserm UMR-S-958 "Genetics of diabetes", University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, School of Medicine, Site Villemin, 10 avenue de Verdun, 75010 Paris, France
Website: http://cvscience.aviesan.fr/cv/376/claire-vandiedonck
E-Mail: claire.vandiedonck@inserm.fr
Phone: +33 157278555
Interests: immunogenetics; MHC; autoimmunity; type 1 diabetes; eQTL mapping; multifactorial genetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genetic studies, including genome-wide linkage and association studies, have been a main component of research strategies aiming at understanding the pathogenesis of various forms of diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes benefited from consortia screening large cohorts using various polymorphisms (microsatellites, SNPs and CNVs), from common to rare. For other “specific” forms of diabetes (neonatal, syndromic or atypical), characterization of homogeneous phenotypes through linkage was crucial. However, despite intensive studies, the identification of the causative variants or mutations remains challenging and the molecular mechanisms are still rarely characterized. The achievement of next-generation-sequencing technologies applied to the search for DNA variants or aiming at characterizing functional elements, as examplified by the recent ENCODE project, opens a promising era to decipher the genetic bases of diabetes, to help better understand pathogenetic mechanisms, hopefully leading to personalized medicine.
This Special Issue of “Genes” welcomes reviews and original papers covering recent genetic research on any type of diabetes, either multifactorial or monogenic, both in man and in animal models, using high-throughput omic approaches. Special interest will be given to integrative biology studies.

Dr. Claire Vandiedonck
Guest Editor


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  • diabetes
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • metagenomics
  • next-generation sequencing
  • chromatin studies
  • epigenomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics
  • integrative biology
  • molecular function

Published Papers (4 papers)

Genes 2013, 4(4), 596-619; doi:10.3390/genes4040596
Received: 18 July 2013; in revised form: 8 October 2013 / Accepted: 30 October 2013 / Published: 5 November 2013
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Genes 2013, 4(4), 522-535; doi:10.3390/genes4040522
Received: 15 July 2013; in revised form: 30 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 September 2013 / Published: 26 September 2013
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Genes 2013, 4(3), 499-521; doi:10.3390/genes4030499
Received: 31 July 2013; in revised form: 26 August 2013 / Accepted: 5 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
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Genes 2013, 4(3), 485-498; doi:10.3390/genes4030485
Received: 8 June 2013; in revised form: 22 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 September 2013 / Published: 10 September 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: The Genetics of Diabetic Nephropathy
Authors: Eoin Brennan 1, Denise Sadlier 2, Catherine Godson 1 and Finian Martin 1
Affiliations: 1 Diabetes Complications Research Centre, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2 Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; E-Mail: eoin.brennan@ucd.ie
Abstract: Up to 40% of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes will develop diabetic nephropathy (DN), resulting in significant kidney damage and ultimately renal failure. There is evidence for a heritable genetic susceptibility to DN, but despite intensive research efforts the causative genes remain elusive. Recently, genome-wide association studies have discovered several novel genetic variants associated with DN. The identification of such causal and protective variants may potentially allow for early identification of at risk patients. Here we review the current understanding of the genetic architecture of DN, and discuss the merits of employing an integrative approach to incorporate datasets from multiple sources (genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, experimental models) in order to fully elucidate the genetic elements contributing to this serious complication of diabetes.

Last update: 7 November 2013

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