Urine metabolomic biomarkers for prediction of isolated fetal congenital heart defect.

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The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians


OBJECTIVE: To identify maternal second and third trimester urine metabolomic biomarkers for the detection of fetal congenital heart defects (CHDs).

STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective study. Metabolomic analysis of randomly collected maternal urine was performed, comparing pregnancies with isolated, non-syndromic CHDs versus unaffected controls. Mass spectrometry (liquid chromatography and direct injection and tandem mass spectrometry, LC-MS-MS) as well as nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry,

RESULTS: A total of 222 metabolites were identified, of which 16 were overlapping between the two platforms. Twenty-three metabolite concentrations were found in significantly altered in CHD gestations on univariate analysis. The concentration of methionine was most significantly altered. A predictive algorithm combining metabolites (histamine, choline, glucose, formate, methionine, and carnitine) plus US four-chamber view achieved an AUC = 0.894; 95% CI, 0814-0.973 with a sensitivity of 83.8% and specificity of 87.8%. Enrichment pathway analysis identified several lipid related pathways that are dysregulated in CHD, including phospholipid biosynthesis, phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis, phosphatidylethanolamine biosynthesis, and fatty acid metabolism. This could be consistent with the increased risk of CHD in diabetic pregnancies.

CONCLUSIONS: We report a novel, noninvasive approach, based on the analysis of maternal urine for isolated CHD detection. Further, the dysregulation of lipid- and folate metabolism appears to support prior data on the mechanism of CHD.

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