Chiba study of mother and children's health (C-MACH): Cohort study with omics analyses

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Purpose: Recent epidemiological studies have shown that environmental factors during the fetal period to early childhood might affect the risk of noncommunicable diseases in adulthood. This is referred to as the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) concept. The Chiba study of Mother and Children's Health (C-MACH) is a birth cohort study based on the DOHaD hypothesis and involves multiomics analysis. This study aims to explore the effects of genetic and environmental factors-particularly the fetal environment and postbirth living environment-on children's health, and to identify potential biomarkers for these effects. Participants: The C-MACH consists of three hospitalbased cohorts. The study participants are pregnant women at <13 weeks gestation. Women who underwent an examination in one of the three hospitals received an explanation of the study. The participants consented to completing questionnaire surveys and the collection and storage of biological and house/environmental samples. Participants were provided unique study numbers. All of the data and biological specimens will be stored in the Chiba University Center for Preventive Medical Sciences and Chiba University Center for Preventive Medical Sciences BioBank, respectively. Findings to date: Consent to participate was obtained from 433 women. Of these women, 376 women completed questionnaires in the early gestational period. The mean age was 32.5 (4.4) years. The mean body mass index (BMI) was 21.1 (3.0) kg/m2. Before pregnancy, 72.3% of the women had a BMI of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2. During early pregnancy, 5.0% of the participants smoked. Future plans: Primary outcomes are allergy, obesity, endocrine and metabolic disorders, and developmental disorders. Genome-level, metabolome-level, umbilical cord DNA methylation (epigenome), gut microbiota and environmental chemical exposure variables will be evaluated. We will analyse the relationships between the outcomes and analytical variables.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere010531
JournalBMJ open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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