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Meta-analysis of epigenome-wide associations between DNA methylation at birth and childhood cognitive skills

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dc.contributor.author Caramaschi, Doretta
dc.contributor.author Alemany, Silvia
dc.contributor.author Sunyer Deu, Jordi
dc.contributor.author Sharp, Gemma C.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-27T05:51:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-27T05:51:01Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Caramaschi D, Neumann A, Cardenas A, Tindula G, Alemany S, Zillich L et al. Meta-analysis of epigenome-wide associations between DNA methylation at birth and childhood cognitive skills. Mol Psychiatry. 2022 Apr;27(4):2126-35. DOI: 10.1038/s41380-022-01441-w
dc.identifier.issn 1359-4184
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/53282
dc.description.abstract Cognitive skills are a strong predictor of a wide range of later life outcomes. Genetic and epigenetic associations across the genome explain some of the variation in general cognitive abilities in the general population and it is plausible that epigenetic associations might arise from prenatal environmental exposures and/or genetic variation early in life. We investigated the association between cord blood DNA methylation at birth and cognitive skills assessed in children from eight pregnancy cohorts within the Pregnancy And Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) Consortium across overall (total N = 2196), verbal (total N = 2206) and non-verbal cognitive scores (total N = 3300). The associations at single CpG sites were weak for all of the cognitive domains investigated. One region near DUSP22 on chromosome 6 was associated with non-verbal cognition in a model adjusted for maternal IQ. We conclude that there is little evidence to support the idea that variation in cord blood DNA methylation at single CpG sites is associated with cognitive skills and further studies are needed to confirm the association at DUSP22.
dc.description.sponsorship The UK Medical Research Council and Wellcome (Grant ref: 217065/Z/19/Z) and the University of Bristol provide core support for ALSPAC. A comprehensive list of grants funding is available on the ALSPAC website (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/external/documents/grant-acknowledgements.pdf). This research was specifically funded by the BBSRC (BBI025751/1 and BB/I025263/1). GWAS data were generated by Sample Logistics and Genotyping Facilities at Wellcome Sanger Institute and LabCorp (Laboratory Corporation of America) using support from 23andMe. DCa is funded by the MRC (MC_UU_00011/1 and MC_UU_00011/5). GS is financially supported by the MRC [New Investigator Research Grant, MR/S009310/1] and the European Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL, NutriPROGRAM project, UK MRC MR/S036520/1]. AH is supported by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (2020022) and the Research Council of Norway (274611 and 288083). The POSEIDON work was supported by the German Research Foundation [DFG; grant FOR2107; RI908/11-2 and WI3429/3-2], the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the Integrated Network IntegraMent, under the auspices of the e:Med Programme [01ZX1314G; 01ZX1614G] through grants 01EE1406C, 01EE1409C and through ERA-NET NEURON, “SynSchiz—Linking synaptic dysfunction to disease mechanisms in schizophrenia—a multilevel investigation” [01EW1810], through ERA-NET NEURON “Impact of Early life MetaBolic and psychosocial strEss on susceptibility to mental Disorders; from converging epigenetic signatures to novel targets for therapeutic intervention” [01EW1904] and by a grant of the Dietmar-Hopp Foundation. The general design of the Generation R Study is made possible by financial support from Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The EWAS data were funded by a grant from the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI)/Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging (NCHA; project nr. 050-060-810), by funds from the Genetic Laboratory of the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, and by a grant from the National Institute of Child and Human Development (R01HD068437). AN and HT are supported by a grant of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO grant No. 024.001.003, Consortium on Individual Development). AN is also supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research team grant. The work of HT is further supported by a NWO-VICI grant (NWO-ZonMW: 016.VICI.170.200). JFF has received funding from the European Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL, NutriPROGRAM project, ZonMw the Netherlands no. 529051022) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (733206, LifeCycle; 633595, DynaHEALTH). The work of CAMC, JF and RM has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 848158 (EarlyCause Project). Main funding of the epigenetic studies in INMA were grants from Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Red INMA G03/176, CB06/02/0041, CP18/00018), Spanish Ministry of Health (FIS-PI04/1436, FIS-PI08/1151 including FEDER funds, FIS-PI11/00610, FIS-FEDER-PI06/0867, FIS-FEDER-PI03-1615) Generalitat de Catalunya-CIRIT 1999SGR 00241, Fundació La marató de TV3 (090430), EU Commission (261357-MeDALL: Mechanisms of the Development of ALLergy), and European Research Council (268479-BREATHE: BRain dEvelopment and Air polluTion ultrafine particles in scHool childrEn). ISGlobal is a member of the CERCA Programme, Generalitat de Catalunya. SA is funded by a Juan de la Cierva—Incorporación Postdoctoral Contract awarded by Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (IJCI-2017-34068). The Project Viva work was supported by the US National Institutes of Health grants R01 HD034568, UH3 OD023286 and R01 ES031259. The CHAMACOS project was supported by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency [R82670901 and RD83451301], the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) [P01 ES009605, R01ES021369, R01ES023067, R24ES028529, F31ES027751], the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) [R01DA035300], the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [UG3OD023356] and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) [T32MH112510]. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the EPA, NIEHS, or NIH. We thank all funding sources for the EDEN study (not allocated for the present study but for the cohort): Foundation for medical research (FRM), National Agency for Research (ANR), National Institute for Research in Public health (IRESP: TGIR cohorte santé 2008 program), French Ministry of Health (DGS), French Ministry of Research, INSERM Bone and Joint Diseases National Research (PRO-A) and Human Nutrition National Research Programs, Paris–Sud University, Nestlé, French National Institute for Population Health Surveillance (InVS), French National Institute for Health Education (INPES), the European Union FP7 programs (FP7/2007-2013, HELIX, ESCAPE, ENRIECO, Medall projects), Diabetes National Research Program (in collaboration with the French Association of Diabetic Patients (AFD), French Agency for Environmental Health Safety (now ANSES), Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale complementary health insurance (MGEN), French national agency for food security, French speaking association for the study of diabetes and metabolism (ALFEDIAM), grant # 2012/51290-6 Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), EU funded MeDALL project. PREDO: The PREDO Study has been funded by the Academy of Finland (JL: 311617 and 269925, KR: 1312670 ja 128789 1287891), EraNet Neuron, EVO (a special state subsidy for health science research), University of Helsinki Research Funds, the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg foundation, the Emil Aaltonen Foundation, the Finnish Medical Foundation, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation, Juho Vainio foundation, Yrjö Jahnsson foundation, Jalmari and Rauha Ahokas foundation, Sigrid Juselius Foundation granted to members of the Predo study board. Methylation assays were funded by the Academy of Finland (269925). SJL is supported by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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dc.title Meta-analysis of epigenome-wide associations between DNA methylation at birth and childhood cognitive skills
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dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41380-022-01441-w
dc.subject.keyword Genetics
dc.subject.keyword Psychology
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