Title

Artificial intelligence and placental DNA methylation: newborn prediction and molecular mechanisms of autism in preterm children.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-17-2021

Publication Title

Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) represents a heterogeneous group of disorders with a complex genetic and epigenomic etiology. DNA methylation is the most extensively studied epigenomic mechanism and correlates with altered gene expression. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a powerful tool for group segregation and for handling the large volume of data generated in omics experiments.

METHODS: We performed genome-wide methylation analysis for differential methylation of cytosine nucleotide (CpG) was performed in 20 postpartum placental tissue samples from preterm births. Ten newborns went on to develop autism (Autistic Disorder subtype) and there were 10 unaffected controls. AI including Deep Learning (AI-DL) platforms were used to identify and rank cytosine methylation markers for ASD detection. Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) to identify genes and molecular pathways that were dysregulated in autism.

RESULTS: We identified 4870 CpG loci comprising 2868 genes that were significantly differentially methylated in ASD compared to controls. Of these 431 CpGs met the stringent EWAS threshold (

CONCLUSIONS: The present study provides substantial evidence that epigenetic differences in placental tissue are associated with autism development and raises the prospect of early and accurate detection of the disorder.

First Page

1

Last Page

10

DOI

10.1080/14767058.2021.1963704

ISSN

1476-4954

PubMed ID

34404318

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