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Histone Acetylation of Immune Regulatory Genes in Human Placenta in Association with Maternal Intake of Olive Oil and Fish Consumption

Maternal diet modifies epigenetic programming in offspring, a potentially critical factor in the immune dysregulation of modern societies. We previously found that prenatal fish oil supplementation affects neonatal T-cell histone acetylation of genes implicated in adaptive immunity including PRKCZ, IL13, and TBX21. In this study, we measured H3 and H4 histone acetylation levels by chromatin immunoprecipitation in 173 term placentas collected in the prospective birth cohort, ALADDIN, in which information on lifestyle and diet is thoroughly recorded. In anthroposophic families, regular olive oil usage during pregnancy was associated with increased H3 acetylation at FOXP3 (p = 0.004), IL10RA (p = 0.008), and IL7R (p = 0.007) promoters, which remained significant after adjustment by offspring gender. Furthermore, maternal fish consumption was associated with increased H4 acetylation at the CD14 gene in placentas of female offspring (p = 0.009). In conclusion, prenatal olive oil intake can affect placental histone acetylation in immune regulatory genes, confirming previously observed pro-acetylation effects of olive oil polyphenols. The association with fish consumption may implicate omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids present in fish oil. Altered histone acetylation in placentas from mothers who regularly include fish or olive oil in their diets could influence immune priming in the newborn.

  • Acevedo, N.
  • Frumento, P.
  • Harb, H.
  • Alashkar Alhamwe, B.
  • Johansson, C.
  • Eick, L.
  • Alm, J.
  • Renz, H.
  • Scheynius, A.
  • Potaczek, D. P.


  • Acetylation
  • Female
  • Fish Oils/administration & dosage/metabolism/*pharmacology
  • Fish Products
  • Histones/*metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate/genetics
  • Interleukin-13/genetics/metabolism
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors/genetics/metabolism
  • *Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Olive Oil/administration & dosage/*pharmacology
  • Placenta/drug effects/*metabolism
  • Pregnancy
  • Protein Kinase C/genetics/metabolism
  • *Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Receptors, Interleukin/genetics/metabolism
  • T-Box Domain Proteins/genetics/metabolism
  • *aladdin
  • *h3
  • *h4
  • *fish
  • *histone acetylation
  • *immune genes
  • *maternal diet
  • *olive oil
  • *placenta
  • *pregnancy
Publication details
DOI: 10.3390/ijms20051060
Journal: Int J Mol Sci
Number: 5
Work Type: Original
Location: UGMLC
Disease Area: General Lung and Other
Partner / Member: UMR
Access-Number: 30823645
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