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DOI 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.06.036
Titel (primär) Maternal and cord blood miR-223 expression associates with prenatal tobacco smoke exposure and low regulatory T-cell numbers
Autor Herberth, G. ORCID logo ; Bauer, M.; Gasch, M.; Hinz, D.; Röder, S. ORCID logo ; Olek, S.; Kohajda, T.; Rolle-Kampczyk, U.; von Bergen, M.; Sack, U.; Borte, M.; Lehmann, I.
Quelle Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Erscheinungsjahr 2014
Band/Volume 133
Heft 2
Seite von 543
Seite bis 550.e4
Sprache englisch
Keywords miR-223; miR-155; regulatory T cells; cord blood; pregnancy; tobacco smoke
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There is evidence that microRNAs (miRNAs) are sensitive to environmental stressors, including tobacco smoke. On the other hand, miRNAs are involved in immune regulation, such as regulatory T (Treg) cell differentiation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between prenatal tobacco smoke exposure, miRNAs, and Treg cell numbers.


Within a prospective mother-child study (Lifestyle and Environmental Factors and Their Influence on Newborns Allergy Risk), we analyzed the expression of miR-155 and miR-223 together with Treg cell numbers in maternal blood during pregnancy, as well as in cord blood (n = 441). Tobacco smoke exposure was assessed based on questionnaire answers and maternal urine cotinine levels. Additionally, the concentration of smoking-related volatile organic compounds was measured in dwellings of study participants.


Both maternal and cord blood miR-223 expressions were positively correlated with maternal urine cotinine levels. An association was also found between maternal miR-223 expression and indoor concentrations of benzene and toluene. High miR-223 expression was associated with lower Treg cell numbers in maternal and cord blood. Furthermore, children with lower Treg cell numbers at birth had a higher risk of atopic dermatitis during the first 3 years of life. The concentration of the toluene metabolite S-benzylmercapturic acid in maternal urine was associated with decreased cord blood, but not maternal blood, miR-155 expression. A relationship between miR-155 expression and Treg cell numbers was not found.


For the first time, we show that maternal tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy correlates with the level of miRNA-223 expression in blood, with an effect on children's cord blood Treg cell numbers and subsequent allergy risk.

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Herberth, G., Bauer, M., Gasch, M., Hinz, D., Röder, S., Olek, S., Kohajda, T., Rolle-Kampczyk, U., von Bergen, M., Sack, U., Borte, M., Lehmann, I. (2014):
Maternal and cord blood miR-223 expression associates with prenatal tobacco smoke exposure and low regulatory T-cell numbers
J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 133 (2), 543 - 550.e4 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.06.036