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Epigenome-wide association study of total serum immunoglobulin E in children: a life course approach

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Epigenome-wide association study of total serum immunoglobulin E in children: a life course approach
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Clinical Epigenetics, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13148-018-0488-x
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Cheng Peng, Andres Cardenas, Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, Marie-France Hivert, Diane R. Gold, Thomas A. Platts-Mills, Xihong Lin, Emily Oken, Andrea A. Baccarelli, Augusto A. Litonjua, Dawn L. DeMeo


IgE-mediated sensitization may be epigenetically programmed in utero, but early childhood environment may further alter complex traits and disease phenotypes through epigenetic plasticity. However, the epigenomic footprint underpinning IgE-mediated type-I hypersensitivity has not been well-understood, especially under a longitudinal early-childhood life-course framework. We used epigenome-wide DNA methylation (IlluminaHumanMethylation450 BeadChip) in cord blood and mid-childhood peripheral blood to investigate pre- and post-natal methylation marks associated with mid-childhood (age 6.7-10.2) total serum IgE levels in 217 mother-child pairs in Project Viva-a prospective longitudinal pre-birth cohort in eastern Massachusetts, USA. We identified methylation sites associated with IgE using covariate-adjusted robust linear regressions. Nineteen methylation marks in cord blood were associated with IgE in mid-childhood (FDR < 0.05) in genes implicated in cell signaling, growth, and development. Among these, two methylation sites (C7orf50, ZAR1) remained robust after the adjustment for the change in DNA methylation from birth to mid-childhood (FDR < 0.05). An analysis of the change in methylation between cord blood and mid-childhood DNA (Δ-DNAm) identified 395 methylation marks in 272 genes associated with mid-childhood IgE (FDR < 0.05), with multiple sites located within ACOT7 (4 sites), EPX (5 sites), EVL (3 sites), KSR1 (4 sites), ZFPM1 (3 sites), and ZNF862 (3 sites). Several of these methylation loci were previously associated with asthma (ADAM19, EPX, IL4, IL5RA, and PRG2). This study identified fetally programmed and mid-childhood methylation signals associated with mid-childhood IgE. Epigenetic priming during fetal development and early childhood likely plays an important role in IgE-mediated type-I hypersensitivity.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 21%
Researcher 6 18%
Other 4 12%
Student > Master 4 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 9%
Other 3 9%
Unknown 6 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 7 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 9%
Environmental Science 1 3%
Mathematics 1 3%
Other 4 12%
Unknown 11 33%

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