Mitochondrial Haplogroup Reveals the Genetic Basis of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Comorbidity in Psoriasis

Med Princ Pract. 2021;30(1):62-68. doi: 10.1159/000509937. Epub 2020 Jul 6.


Objective: Published data show a clear link between psoriasis (Ps) and the increasing prevalence of comorbid conditions, such as diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2). The role of the mitochondrial genomic haplogroup in the potential coexistence of Ps and DM2 comorbidity is the subject of this study.

Material and methods: Ninety-eight Kuwaiti individuals were recruited in 4 cohorts (20 healthy controls, 15 with DM2, 34 with Ps, and 29 with Ps and diabetes mellitus). An Ion Torrent S5XL was used to sequence mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). χ2 test was used to assess differences in the distribution of each haplogroup between cases and controls (p < 0.05). The Bonferroni correction was applied (p < 0.004). The mtDNA haplogroups were analyzed by HaploGrep.

Results: Haplogroups R0, U, J, T, N, L3, M, H, X, HV, R, and K were detected in the studied population. Haplogroup M had a high risk for Ps (odds ratio (OR) 4.0, p = 0.003). Haplogroup R0 and J had decreased the risk of DM2 (OR 0.28, p = 0.007).

Conclusion: Our results indicated that mtDNA haplogroups have a potential contribution to the pathogenesis of Ps and DM2 comorbidity. We show for the first time that the comorbidity of diabetes in Ps may be related to mitochondrial dysfunction.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus type 2; Mitochondria; Mitochondrial haplogroups; Psoriasis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology*
  • Psoriasis / genetics*


  • DNA, Mitochondrial