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DNA methylation at birth is associated with lung function development until age 26 years 

Author: Nandini Mukherjee et al

Description: To date, there has been a lack of knowledge regarding the role of epigenetic markers at birth in the prediction of patterns of lung function development. This study explores, for the first time, the association between blood DNA methylation patterns at birth and lung function trajectories from childhood to adulthood. Epigenome-wide screening was applied to identify CpGs associated with lung function trajectories (forced expiratory volume in 1 s, forced vital capacity, their ratio, and forced expiratory flow at 25–75% of forced vital capacity) up to age 26, stratified by sex using heel prick DNA methylation (DNAm) from the Isle of Wight birth cohort. Replication was then performed in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) using cord blood DNAm. Statistically significantly replicated CpGs were investigated for consistency in direction of association between cohorts, stability of DNAm over time, relevant biological processes and for association with gene expression. Differential DNAm of eight CpGs on genes (GLUL, MYCN, HLX, LHX1, COBL, COL18A1, STRA6, andWNT11) involved in developmental processes, were validated between the cohorts, and were found to predict lung function from age 10 to age 26 years. The results from this study support the development of epigenetic biomarkers for early prediction of health outcomes trajectories, allowing the potential for preventive and therapeutic interventions. 

Victor E. Ortega, MD, PhD, ATSF

Section Chair
Victor E. Ortega, MD, PhD, ATSF


Chair: Victor E. Ortega, MD, PhD, ATSF

Co-Chair: Co-Chair - Ann Chen Wu, MD, MPH

Welcome to the ATS Section on Genetics and Genomics website! Our Section welcomes all members of the ATS, regardless of Assembly affiliation, who are interested in genetics, genomics, and other “omics” technologies (proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, etc.) as they relate to the many diseases encompassing the fields of respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine. Over the past two years, our Section has grown to over 1,000 members making us one of the largest society-based interest groups for genetic and genomic investigators focused on respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine research. The Section on Genetics and Genomics resides within Allergy, Inflammation, and Immunology, but our current members belong to numerous ATS assemblies reflecting the diverse application of omics approaches across our membership.

Genetics and genomics are at the forefront of scientific research and medical practice into the 21st century, and the number of investigators focusing on these technologies is rapidly expanding. Although the diseases encompassed by the ATS are diverse, omics-based approaches have common, overlapping themes that are beneficial to informing research and the application of cutting-edge technologies. As outlined in our mission statement, we aim to facilitate the exchange of ideas across omics researchers while increasing the knowledge and appreciation of genomics research across the broader ATS community. Section members have impacted the exchange of ideas in ATS through the programming of scientific events including quarterly journal clubs and webinars, workshops, scientific symposia, and the annual curation of over 200 abstracts submitted for the international conference. In addition, members have led and contributed to published research statements and workshops though the ATS, ERS, and NHLBI on lung precision medicine research, high-throughput sequencing, respiratory disease-related healthcare disparities, and the management of severe asthma resulting in national and international impact. 

We encourage all clinicians, scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and trainees interested in genetics and genomics research to learn more about our Section. We hope to increase the understanding of omics technologies and their applications to enhance the ability of our scientific community to address impactful research questions which could lead to precision approaches for patient care.

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