Browsing by Subject "epigenetic clock"

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  • Chouliaras, Leonidas; Pishva, Ehsan; Haapakoski, Rita; Zsoldos, Eniko; Mahmood, Abda; Filippini, Nicola; Burrage, Joe; Mill, Jonathan; Kivimäki, Mika; Lunnon, Katie; Ebmeier, Klaus P. (2018)
    Aim: The present study investigated the link between peripheral DNA methylation (DNAm), cognitive impairment and brain aging. Methods: We tested the association between blood genome-wide DNAm profiles using the Illumina 450K arrays, cognitive dysfunction and brain MRI measures in selected participants of the Whitehall II imaging sub-study. Results: Eight differentially methylated regions were associated with cognitive impairment. Accelerated aging based on the Hannum epigenetic clock was associated with mean diffusivity and global fractional anisotropy. We also identified modules of co-methylated loci associated with white matter hyperintensities. These co-methylation modules were enriched among pathways relevant to beta-amyloid processing and glutamatergic signaling. Conclusion: Our data support the notion that blood DNAm changes may have utility as a biomarker for cognitive dysfunction and brain aging.
  • Suarez, Anna; Lahti, Jari; Czamara, Darina; Lahti-Pulkkinen, Marius; Knight, Anna K.; Girchenko, Polina; Hämäläinen, Esa; Kajantie, Eero; Lipsanen, Jari; Laivuori, Hannele; Villa, Pia M.; Reynolds, Rebecca M.; Smith, Alicia K.; Binder, Elisabeth B.; Räikkönen, Katri (2018)
    Objective: Maternal antenatal depression may compromise the fetal developmental milieu and contribute to individual differences in aging and disease trajectories in later life. We evaluated the association between maternal antenatal depression and a novel biomarker of aging at birth, namely epigenetic gestational age (GA) based on fetal cord blood methylation data. We also examined whether this biomarker prospectively predicts and mediates maternal effects on early childhood psychiatric problems. Method: A total of 694 mothers from the Prediction and Prevention of Preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (PREDO) Study provided information on history of depression diagnosed before pregnancy; 581 completed the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale throughout pregnancy, and 407 completed the Child Behavior Checklist at child's age 3.7 years (SD = 0.75 year). DNA methylation (DNAm) GA of fetal cord blood DNA was based on the methylation profile of 148 selected cytosine linked to guanine by phosphate (CpG) sites. Epigenetic GA was calculated as the arithmetic difference between DNAm GA and chronological GA and adjusted for chronological GA. Results: Maternal history of depression diagnosed before pregnancy (mean difference = -0.25 SD units, 95% CI = -0.46 to -0.03) and greater antenatal depressive symptoms (-0.08 SD unit per I-SD unit increase, 95% CI = -0.16 to -0.004) were associated with child's lower epigenetic GA. Child's lower epigenetic GA, in turn, prospectively predicted total and internalizing problems and partially mediated the effects of maternal antenatal depression on internalizing problems in boys. Conclusion: Maternal antenatal depression is associated with lower epigenetic GA in offspring. This lower epigenetic GA seems to be associated with a developmental disadvantage for boys, who, in early childhood, show greater psychiatric problems.