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Pet keeping and tobacco exposure influence CD14 methylation in childhood.
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PMID:  23194293     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Several CD14 gene-environment interactions in relation to the development of allergic diseases have been reported, but the underlying biological mechanisms are unclear. We recently showed that CD14 methylation increased during childhood, parallelling a decreased impact of CD14 polymorphisms on soluble CD14 levels. Here, we aim to explore whether environmental stimuli during childhood affects CD14 methylation, thereby providing a biological mechanism through which environment may modulate genetic effect.
METHODS: CD14 methylation levels were quantified in 157 children from the prospective Environment and Childhood Asthma birth cohort at ages 2 and 10. Associations between CD14 methylation levels and house dust levels of endotoxin, β(1,3)-glucans (at 2 yr only), allergens (dog, cat, and house dust mite), pet keeping and tobacco smoke exposure (TSE; questionnaire data) at 2 and 10 yr were explored.
RESULTS: Children in homes without pets had larger increases in CD14 methylation through childhood (2-10 yr) compared with children with pets (2.1% increase (p = 0.003) vs. 0.4% decrease (n.s.), global p = 0.04). At 10 yr of age, lower CD14 methylation values were found in children with pets compared with children without pets at both 2 and 10 yr (5.4% vs. 7.5% [p = 0.02]). A similar trend was detected for TSE; children not exposed show larger increases in CD14 methylation, most pronounced in school-age girls exposed vs. not exposed to tobacco (5.5% vs. 7.5% methylation, p = 0.037).
CONCLUSION: Pet keeping and TSE appears to limit increase in CD14 methylation from 2 to 10 yr of age. This may partly explain the diverging CD14 allele associations with allergic diseases detected in different environments.
Monica Cheng Munthe-Kaas; Randi J Bertelsen; Tale Maehre Torjussen; Hanne Sagsveen Hjorthaug; Dag E Undlien; Robert Lyle; Kristina Gervin; Berit Granum; Petter Mowinckel; Kai Håkon Carlsen; Karin C Lødrup Carlsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1399-3038     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Allergy Immunol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9106718     Medline TA:  Pediatr Allergy Immunol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  747-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Medical Genetics, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway; Department of Pediatrics, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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