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Maternal vitamin D depletion alters DNA methylation at imprinted loci in multiple generations

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Maternal vitamin D depletion alters DNA methylation at imprinted loci in multiple generations
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Clinical Epigenetics, October 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13148-016-0276-4
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Jing Xue, Sarah A. Schoenrock, William Valdar, Lisa M. Tarantino, Folami Y. Ideraabdullah


Environmental perturbation of epigenetic mechanisms is linked to a growing number of diseases. Characterizing the role environmental factors play in modifying the epigenome is important for disease etiology. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient affecting brain, bone, heart, immune and reproductive health. Vitamin D insufficiency is a global issue, and the role in maternal and child health remains under investigation. We used Collaborative Cross (CC) inbred mice to characterize the effect of maternal vitamin D depletion on offspring phenotypic and epigenetic outcomes at imprinted domains (H19/Igf2, Snrpn, Dlk1/Gtl2, and Grb10) in the soma (liver) and germline (sperm). We assessed outcomes in two generations of offspring to determine heritability. We used reciprocal crosses between lines CC001/Unc and CC011/Unc to investigate parent of origin effects. Maternal vitamin D deficiency led to altered body weight and DNA methylation in two generations of offspring. Loci assayed in adult liver and sperm were mostly hypomethylated, but changes were few and small in effect size (<7 % difference on average). There was no change in total expression of genes adjacent to methylation changes in neonatal liver. Methylation changes were cell type specific such that changes at IG-DMR were present in sperm but not in liver. Some methylation changes were distinct between generations such that methylation changes at the H19ICR in second-generation liver were not present in first-generation sperm or liver. Interestingly, some diet-dependent changes in body weight and methylation were seemingly influenced by parent of origin such that reciprocal crosses exhibited inverse effects. These findings demonstrate that maternal vitamin D status plays a role in determining DNA methylation state in the germline and soma. Detection of methylation changes in the unexposed second-generation demonstrates that maternal vitamin D depletion can have long-term effects on the epigenome of subsequent generations. Differences in vitamin D-dependent epigenetic state between cell types and generations indicate perturbation of the epigenetic landscape rather than a targeted, locus-specific effect. While the biological importance of these subtle changes remains unclear, they warrant an investigation of epigenome-wide effects of maternal vitamin D depletion.

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Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 125 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 30 23%
Student > Bachelor 20 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 13%
Student > Master 12 9%
Researcher 10 8%
Other 20 16%
Unknown 19 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 44 34%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 5%
Social Sciences 6 5%
Other 8 6%
Unknown 23 18%

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