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Cross-genetic determination of maternal and neonatal immune mediators during pregnancy

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, August 2018
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Cross-genetic determination of maternal and neonatal immune mediators during pregnancy
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Genome Medicine, August 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13073-018-0576-8
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Michela Traglia, Lisa A. Croen, Karen L. Jones, Luke S. Heuer, Robert Yolken, Martin Kharrazi, Gerald N. DeLorenze, Paul Ashwood, Judy Van de Water, Lauren A. Weiss


The immune system plays a fundamental role in development during pregnancy and early life. Alterations in circulating maternal and neonatal immune mediators have been associated with pregnancy complications as well as susceptibility to autoimmune and neurodevelopmental conditions in later life. Evidence suggests that the immune system in adults not only responds to environmental stimulation but is also under strong genetic control. This is the first genetic study of > 700 mother-infant pairs to analyse the circulating levels of 22 maternal mid-gestational serum-derived and 42 neonatal bloodspot-derived immune mediators (cytokines/chemokines) in the context of maternal and fetal genotype. We first estimated the maternal and fetal genome-wide SNP-based heritability (h2g) for each immune molecule and then performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify specific loci contributing to individual immune mediators. Finally, we assessed the relationship between genetic immune determinants and ASD outcome. We show maternal and neonatal cytokines/chemokines displaying genetic regulation using independent methodologies. We demonstrate that novel fetal loci for immune function independently affect the physiological levels of maternal immune mediators and vice versa. The cross-associated loci are in distinct genomic regions compared with individual-specific immune mediator loci. Finally, we observed an interaction between increased IL-8 levels at birth, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) status, and a specific maternal genotype. Our results suggest that maternal and fetal genetic variation influences the immune system during pregnancy and at birth via distinct mechanisms and that a better understanding of immune factor determinants in early development may shed light on risk factors for developmental disorders.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 81 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 14 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 15%
Student > Master 11 14%
Student > Bachelor 6 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 6%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 21 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 13 16%
Psychology 10 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 10%
Neuroscience 6 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 6%
Other 17 21%
Unknown 22 27%

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