Maternal high fat (HF) during pregnancy is known to have numerous adverse effects on offspring, including increased adiposity and impaired glucose tolerance later in life. The aim of this study was to determine if prebiotic early intervention could mitigate some of the negative effects of maternal HF. C57BL mice were fed a HF diet, normal diet or a HF diet with prebiotic supplementation during pregnancy and lactation. At 3 weeks of age, glucose tolerance were measured in the offspring. And offspring livers were obtained. Hepatic DNA methylation and gene expression was assayed. Maternal HF diet led offspring glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Prebiotic early intervention moderated glucose metabolism and insulin resistance in male pup mice. Maternal HF diet reduced phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit type 2 alph (Pik3c2a), phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit type 2 beta (Pik3c2b), and phosphoinositide-3-kinase regulatory subunit 2 (Pik3r2) gene expression in male pup mice (P<0.01). Prebiotic early intervention increased these gene expression in pup livers (P<0.01). Moreover, maternal HF diet led these three gene hypermethylated (P<0.01). These three genes were hypomethylated in prebiotic early intervention group (P<0.01). Prebiotic early intervention improved glucose intolerance by changing DNA methylation and gene expression of Pi3k in mice exposed to a maternal HF diet.


Q. Zhang: None. X. Xiao: None. M. Li: None.


National Natural Science Foundation of China (81870545, 81870579); Beijing Natural Science Foundation (7202163, 7172169)

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