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Intrauterine hyperglycemia induces intergenerational Dlk1-Gtl2 methylation changes in mouse placenta

Ying Jiang, Yi-Chen Yu, Guo-Lian Ding, Qian Gao, Feng Chen and Qiong Luo _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:22398-22405. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23976

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Ying Jiang1,*, Yi-Chen Yu2,*, Guo-Lian Ding3, Qian Gao4, Feng Chen1 and Qiong Luo1

1Department of Obstetrics, Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

2Department of General Surgery, Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

3International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

4Tianjin Central Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medical Center, Tianjin, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Qiong Luo, email: [email protected]

Keywords: epigenetic regulation; microarray analysis; intrauterine hyperglycemia environment; placenta; intergenerational transmission

Received: July 04, 2017    Accepted: November 15, 2017    Epub: January 05, 2018    Published: April 27, 2018


An intrauterine hyperglycemic environment has long-lasting effects on the offspring. Recent studies focused on fetal tissues, whereas we studied the development and molecular alteration of the placenta. By intercrossing male and female adult control (C) and first-generation offspring mice with gestational diabetes mellitus (F1-GDM), we obtained four groups of second generation (F2) offspring: 1) C♂-C♀, 2) C♂-GDM♀, 3) GDM♂-C♀, 4) GDM♂- GDM♀. Placental weights in F1-GDM offspring were lower than in the control group. Placental weights in F2-offspring decreased through the paternal line. Placental RNA was extracted and analyzed using microarrays on day18.5 of pregnancy. This revealed 35 upregulated imprinted genes and 10 down-regulated imprinted genes. Dlk1and Gtl2 were especially down-regulated and up-regulated, respectively, due to their abnormal methylation status. These findings suggest that intrauterine hyperglycemia decreased placental weight in the first generation, and this was transmitted paternally to the second generation in mice. They also suggest intrauterine hyperglycemia leads to abnormal placental Dlk1-Gtl2 expression due to DNA methylation in first and second generation mice.

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