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Malin Levin


Malin Levin
Professor , Avd-/sektionschef, inst

Postal Address: Su sahlgrenska, 41345 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Blå stråket 5 b wallenberglab/su , 41345 Göteborg

Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Institute of Medicine (More Information)
SU Sahlgrenska
413 45 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31823762
Visiting Address: Blå stråket 5 B Wallenberglab/SU , 413 45 Göteborg

About Malin Levin

Malin Levin is an Associate Professor with an overall research interest in lipid accumulation and storage in the heart. In specifics, her group is interested in elucidating the function of lipid droplet-associated proteins in the heart and their relevance for intracellular lipid accumulation, mitochondrial function and impact on outcome of myocardial ischemia. 

Main research

Pathological conditions, e.g. obesity, diabetes and myocardial ischemia, are associated with increased lipid accumulation in the heart. Elevated levels of myocardial lipids are associated with cellular and tissue dysfunction, and are believed to contribute to reduced heart function. Intracellular lipids are stored in lipid droplets, with a core of neutral lipids and a complex surface containing membrane lipids and associated proteins. Lipid droplet-associated proteins contribute to the regulation of lipid droplet size and stability and mediate coupling between lipid droplets and mitochondria. Stable lipid droplet storage and efficient coupling to mitochondria most likely protect the cell from toxic lipid metabolites causing cellular dysfunction.

Our lab studies the myocardial metabolic derangements in the ischemic heart and we aim to identify key regulators of importance for improving heart function after a myocardial infarction. We use human myocardial biopsies to investigate if chronic ischemia in the human heart is associated with increased lipid accumulation and alterations in expression of genes linked to lipid metabolism and other pathways implicated in cellular dysfunction.

Through our screens on human tissue material, we have the opportunity to identify new molecular regulators, and seek targeting strategies to suppress or activate their function using genetically engineered mice to elucidate how these molecules may affect cardiac function and outcome after ischemia in the heart.

Group members

  • Linda Andersson, PhD
  • Ismena Mardani, PhD student
  • Azra Miljanovic, research associate
  • Mathieu Cinato, postdoc

Key Publications

Mardani I, Tomas Dalen K, Drevinge C, Miljanovic A, Ståhlman M, Klevstig M, Scharin Täng M, Fogelstrand P, Levin M, Ekstrand M, Nair S, Redfors B, Omerovic E, Andersson L, Kimmel AR, Borén J, Levin MC.
Plin2-deficiency reduces lipophagy and results in increased lipid accumulation in the heart. Sci Rep. 2019 May 6;9(1):6909. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43335-y.

Andersson L, Drevinge C, Mardani I, Dalen KT, Ståhlman M, Klevstig M, Lundqvist A, Haugen F, Adiels M, Fogelstrand P, Asin-Cayuela J, Hultén LM, Levin M, Ehrenborg E, Lee YK, Kimmel AR, Borén J, Levin MC.
Deficiency in perilipin 5 reduces mitochondrial function and membrane depolarization in mouse hearts.
Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2017 Oct;91(Pt A):9-13.

Drevinge C, Dalen KT, Nastase Mannila M, Scharin Täng M, Ståhlman M, Klevstig M, Lundqvist A, Wramstedt A, Haugen F, Fogelstrand P, Adiels M, Asin-Cayuela J, Ekestam C, Gådin JR, Lee YK, Nebb H, Svedlund S, Romeo S, Redfors B, Omerovic E, Levin M, Valen G, Gan LM, Eriksson P, Andersson L, Ehrenborg E, Kimmel A, Borén J, Levin MC.
Perilipin 5 Is Protective in the Ischemic Heart.
Int J Cardiol. 15;219:446-54 (2016).

Klevstig M, Ståhlman M, Lundqvist A, Scharin Täng M, Fogelstrand P, Adiels M, Andersson L, Kolesnick R, Jeppsson A, Borén J, Levin MC.
Targeting acid sphingomyelinase reduces cardiac ceramide accumulation in the post-ischemic heart.
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 28;93:69-72 (2016).

Andersson L, Scharin Täng M, Lundqvist A, Lindbom M, Mardani I, Fogelstrand P, Shahrouki P, Redfors B, Omerovic E, Levin M, Borén J, Levin MC.
Rip2 modifies VEGF-induced signalling and vascular permeability in myocardial ischaemia.
Cardiovasc Res. 1;107(4):478-86 (2015).

Latest publications

Cardiac expression of the microsomal triglyceride transport protein protects the heart function during ischemia
Martina Klevstig, M. Arif, M. Mannila, S. Svedlund, Ismena Mardani et al.
Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Depletion of ATP and glucose in advanced human atherosclerotic plaques
Matias Ekstrand, Emma Widell, Anna Hammar, Levent Akyürek, Martin Johansson et al.
PLoS One, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Deficiency in perilipin 5 reduces mitochondrial function and membrane depolarization in mouse hearts.
Linda Andersson, Christina Drevinge, Ismena Mardani, Knut T Dalen, Marcus Ståhlman et al.
The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Perilipin 5 is protective in the ischemic heart
Christina Drevinge, K. T. Dalen, M. N. Mannila, Margareta Scharin Täng, Marcus Ståhlman et al.
International Journal of Cardiology, Journal article 2016
Journal article


The androgen receptor confers protection against diet-induced atherosclerosis, obesity, and dyslipidemia in female mice.
Johan Bourghardt Fagman, Anna S K Wilhelmson, Benedetta Maria Motta, Carlo Pirazzi, Camilla Alexanderson et al.
FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Filter-Dense Multicolor Microscopy
Siavash Kijani, Ulf Yrlid, Maria Heyden, Malin Levin, Jan Borén et al.
Plos One, Journal article 2015
Journal article


PNPLA3 has retinyl-palmitate lipase activity in human hepatic stellate cells
Carlo Pirazzi, L. Valenti, Benedetta Maria Motta, Piero Pingitore, Kristina Hedfalk et al.
Human Molecular Genetics, Journal article 2014
Journal article


Adiponectin receptor 2 deficiency results in reduced atherosclerosis in the brachiocephalic artery in apolipoprotein e deficient mice.
Anna Lindgren, Malin Levin, Sandra Rodrigo Blomqvist, Johannes Wikström, Andrea Ahnmark et al.
PloS one, Journal article 2013
Journal article

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