Infant RSV immunoprophylaxis changes nasal epithelial DNA methylation at 6 years of age

Cheng Jian Xu, Nienke M. Scheltema, Cancan Qi, Rolf Vedder, Laura B.C. Klein, Elisabeth E. Nibbelke, Cornelis K. van der Ent, Louis J. Bont, Gerard H. Koppelman

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Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection has been associated with childhood wheeze and asthma, and potential mechanisms include persistent epigenetic effects. Methods: In the randomized, placebo-controlled MAKI trial, 429 preterm infants randomly received RSV immunoprophylaxis with palivizumab or placebo during their first RSV season. Children were followed until age 6 for asthma evaluation. DNA methylation in cells obtained by nasal brushes at age 6 was measured by Illumina MethylationEPIC array. Results: RSV immunoprophylaxis in infancy had a significant impact on global methylation patterns in nasal cells at age 6. The first principal component (PC) related to the immunoprophylaxis intervention was enriched for the pathway “detection of chemical stimulus involved in sensory perception of smell” and “T cell differentiation.” Subsequent analysis of these PCs indicated an effect of RSV immunoprophylaxis on cell type composition of nasal brushed cells. Three CpG sites, cg18040241, cg08243963, and cg19555973 which are annotated to genes GLB1L2, SC5D, and BPIFB1, were differentially methylated at genome-wide significance, but were not associated with asthma. Conclusion: The study provides the first proof of concept that RSV immunoprophylaxis during infancy has long-term effects on nasal epigenetic signatures at age 6, relating to host sensory perception, epidermal growth factor receptor signaling, and adaptive immune responses.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)3822-3831
Aantal pagina's10
TijdschriftPediatric Pulmonology
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - dec. 2021
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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