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The placental lipidome of maternal antenatal depression predicts socio-emotional problems in the offspring

The placental lipidome of maternal antenatal depression predicts socio-emotional problems in the offspring
The placental lipidome of maternal antenatal depression predicts socio-emotional problems in the offspring
While maternal mental health strongly influences neurodevelopment and health in the offspring, little is known about the determinants of inter-individual variation in the mental health of mothers. Likewise, the in utero biological pathways by which variation in maternal mental health affects offspring development remain to be defined. Previous studies implicate lipids, consistent with a known influence on cognitive and emotional function, but the relevance for maternal mental health and offspring neurodevelopment is unclear. This study characterizes the placental and circulatory lipids in antenatal depression, as well as socio-emotional outcomes in the offspring. Targeted liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry covering 470 lipid species was performed on placenta from 186 women with low (n = 70) or high (n = 116) levels of antenatal depressive symptoms assessed using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at 26 weeks’ gestation. Child socio-emotional outcomes were assessed from the Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) at 48 months. Seventeen placental lipid species showed an inverse association with antenatal EPDS scores. Specifically, lower levels of phospholipids containing LC-PUFAs: omega-3 docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Additional measurement of LC-PUFA in antenatal plasma samples at mid-gestation confirmed the reduced circulation of these specific fatty acids in mothers. Reduced concentration of the placental phospholipids also predicted poorer socio-emotional outcomes in the offspring. This study provides new insights into the role of the materno-fetal lipid cross-talk as a mechanism linking maternal mental health to that of the offspring. These findings show the potential utility of nutritional approaches among pregnant women with depressive symptoms to reduce offspring risk for later socio-emotional problems.
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Wong, Gerard, Weir, Jacquelyn M., Mishra, Priti, Huynh, Kevin, Nijagal, Brunda, Gupta, Varsha, Broekman, Birit F.P., Chong, Mary Foong-Fong, Chan, Shiao-Yng, Tan, Kok Hian, Tull, Dedreia, McConville, Malcolm, Calder, Philip, Godfrey, Keith, Chong, Yap-Seng, Gluckman, Peter D., Meaney, Michael J., Meikle, Peter J. and Karnani, Neerja (2021) The placental lipidome of maternal antenatal depression predicts socio-emotional problems in the offspring. Translational Psychiatry, 11 (1), [107]. (doi:10.1038/s41398-021-01208-x).

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While maternal mental health strongly influences neurodevelopment and health in the offspring, little is known about the determinants of inter-individual variation in the mental health of mothers. Likewise, the in utero biological pathways by which variation in maternal mental health affects offspring development remain to be defined. Previous studies implicate lipids, consistent with a known influence on cognitive and emotional function, but the relevance for maternal mental health and offspring neurodevelopment is unclear. This study characterizes the placental and circulatory lipids in antenatal depression, as well as socio-emotional outcomes in the offspring. Targeted liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry covering 470 lipid species was performed on placenta from 186 women with low (n = 70) or high (n = 116) levels of antenatal depressive symptoms assessed using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at 26 weeks’ gestation. Child socio-emotional outcomes were assessed from the Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) at 48 months. Seventeen placental lipid species showed an inverse association with antenatal EPDS scores. Specifically, lower levels of phospholipids containing LC-PUFAs: omega-3 docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Additional measurement of LC-PUFA in antenatal plasma samples at mid-gestation confirmed the reduced circulation of these specific fatty acids in mothers. Reduced concentration of the placental phospholipids also predicted poorer socio-emotional outcomes in the offspring. This study provides new insights into the role of the materno-fetal lipid cross-talk as a mechanism linking maternal mental health to that of the offspring. These findings show the potential utility of nutritional approaches among pregnant women with depressive symptoms to reduce offspring risk for later socio-emotional problems.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 January 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 February 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 446391
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446391
PURE UUID: 9c3fd359-ed66-4ddb-960d-606ec70ffe31
ORCID for Philip Calder: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6038-710X
ORCID for Keith Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618

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Date deposited: 05 Feb 2021 17:33
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 07:00

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Author: Gerard Wong
Author: Jacquelyn M. Weir
Author: Priti Mishra
Author: Kevin Huynh
Author: Brunda Nijagal
Author: Varsha Gupta
Author: Birit F.P. Broekman
Author: Mary Foong-Fong Chong
Author: Shiao-Yng Chan
Author: Kok Hian Tan
Author: Dedreia Tull
Author: Malcolm McConville
Author: Philip Calder ORCID iD
Author: Keith Godfrey ORCID iD
Author: Yap-Seng Chong
Author: Peter D. Gluckman
Author: Michael J. Meaney
Author: Peter J. Meikle
Author: Neerja Karnani

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