Abstract Title:

Associations of annual ambient PMcomponents with DNAm PhenoAge acceleration in elderly men: The Normative Aging Study.

Abstract Source:

Environ Pollut. 2019 Nov 29:113690. Epub 2019 Nov 29. PMID: 31818625

Abstract Author(s):

Cuicui Wang, Petros Koutrakis, Xu Gao, Andrea Baccarelli, Joel Schwartz

Article Affiliation:

Cuicui Wang


Current studies indicate that long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM) is related with global mortality, yet no studies have explored relationships of PMand its species with DNAm PhenoAge acceleration (DNAmPhenoAccel), a new epigenetic biomarker of phenotypic age. We identified which PMspecies had association with DNAmPhenoAccel in a one-year exposure window in a longitudinal cohort. We collected whole blood samples from 683 elderly men in the Normative Aging Study between 1999 and 2013 (n = 1254 visits). DNAm PhenoAge was calculated using 513 CpGs retrieved from the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip. Daily concentrations of PMspecies were measured at a fixed air-quality monitoring site and one-year moving averages were computed. Linear mixed-effect (LME) regression and Bayesian kernel machine (BKM) regression were used to estimate the associations. The covariates included chronological age, body mass index (BMI), cigarette pack years, smoking status, estimated cell types, batch effects etc. Benjamini-Hochberg false discovery rate at a 5% false positive threshold was used to adjust for multiple comparison. During the study period, the mean DNAm PhenoAge and chronological age in our subjects were 68 and 73 years old, respectively. Using LME model, only lead and calcium were significantly associated with DNAmPhenoAccel. For example, an interquartile range (IQR, 0.0011 μg/m) increase in lead was associated with a 1.29-year [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.47, 2.11] increase in DNAmPhenoAccel. Using BKM model, we selected PM, lead, and silicon to be predictors for DNAmPhenoAccel. A subsequent LME model showed that only lead had significant effect on DNAmPhenoAccel: 1.45-year (95% CI: 0.46, 2.46) increase in DNAmPhenoAccel following an IQR increase in one-year lead. This is the first study that investigates long-term effects of PMcomponents on DNAmPhenoAccel. The results demonstrate that lead and calcium contained in PMwas robustly associated with DNAmPhenoAccel.

Study Type : Human Study

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