Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Gene Polymorphism and Infant’s Anthropometry at Birth
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AuthorAguilar Lacasaña, Sofía; López Flores, Inmaculada; González Alzaga, Beatriz; Carmona López, Francisco David; Hernández Jérez, Antonio Francisco; Romero Molina, Desiré
MTHFR(677)C>T polymorphismFolateFolic acidAnthropometry at birth
Aguilar-Lacasaña, S.; López-Flores, I.; González-Alzaga, B.; Giménez-Asensio, M.J.; Carmona, F.D.; Hernández, A.F.; López Gallego, M.F.; Romero-Molina, D.; Lacasaña, M. Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Gene Polymorphism and Infant’s Anthropometry at Birth. Nutrients 2021, 13, 831. [https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030831]
SponsorshipInstituto de Salud Carlos III PI13/01559; European Commission; Regional Health Council of Andalusia (Spain) PI-0405-2014
Identification of causal factors that influence fetal growth and anthropometry at birth is of great importance as they provide information about increased risk of disease throughout life. The association between maternal genetic polymorphism MTHFR(677)C>T and anthropometry at birth has been widely studied because of its key role in the one-carbon cycle. MTHFR(677) CT and TT genotypes have been associated with a greater risk of low birth weight, especially in case of deficient intake of folic acid during pregnancy. This study aimed to analyze the association between the maternal MTHFR(677)C>T genetic polymorphism and anthropometry at birth in a population with adequate folate consumption. We included 694 mother-newborn pairs from a prospective population-based birth cohort in Spain, in the Genetics, Early life enviroNmental Exposures and Infant Development in Andalusia (GENEIDA) project. Women were genotyped for MTHFR(677)C>T SNP by Q-PCR using TaqMan (c) probes. Relevant maternal and newborn information was obtained from structured questionnaires and medical records. Results showed that maternal MTHFR(677)C>T genotype was associated with newborn anthropometry. Genotypes CT or CT/TT showed statistically significant associations with increased or decreased risk of large-for-gestational-age (LGA) or small-for-gestational-age (SGA) based on weight and height, depending on the newborn's sex, as well as with SGA in premature neonates. The relationships between this maternal genotype and anthropometry at birth remained despite an adequate maternal folate intake.