Epigenetic Programming of Adipose Tissue in the Progeny of Obese Dams

Author(s): Simon Lecoutre, Kelvin H.M. Kwok, Paul Petrus, Mélanie Lambert, Christophe Breton*

Journal Name: Current Genomics

Volume 20 , Issue 6 , 2019

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According to the Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concept, maternal obesity and the resulting accelerated growth in neonates predispose offspring to obesity and associated metabolic diseases that may persist across generations. In this context, the adipose tissue has emerged as an important player due to its involvement in metabolic health, and its high potential for plasticity and adaptation to environmental cues. Recent years have seen a growing interest in how maternal obesity induces long-lasting adipose tissue remodeling in offspring and how these modifications could be transmitted to subsequent generations in an inter- or transgenerational manner. In particular, epigenetic mechanisms are thought to be key players in the developmental programming of adipose tissue, which may partially mediate parts of the transgenerational inheritance of obesity. This review presents data supporting the role of maternal obesity in the developmental programming of adipose tissue through epigenetic mechanisms. Inter- and transgenerational effects on adipose tissue expansion are also discussed in this review.

Keywords: Perinatal period, maternal obesity, developmental origin of health and disease, epigenome, gene expression, fat expansion.

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