Some intriguing patterns were evident in relation to early life sun exposure. Among young cases (<5 years of age) lower reported recent (over the past year) or past (at ages 0–2 years) sun exposure was associated with higher GADA levels, a pattern that generally differed significantly to the associations evident for T1D cases present at or above five years of age. It has been proposed for T1DM that early life microbial exposure may have both an adverse and
also beneficial effect  and . Here, a history of an upper respiratory tract infection, influenza or urinary tract infection was associated with higher IAA levels, consistent with a possible short term immunity boosting effect of infection, through bystander activation or other mechanisms . A longer term influence of factors is suggested by the finding that children with a history of any ear infection were more selleck products likely to have multiple antibodies. Further work is needed to determine whether this marker was evident by chance or reflects an impaired host response to infection rather than ear infection also . In conclusion this study suggests environmental factors such as
sun exposure may have an influence on the development of antibodies in childhood T1DM particularly during the early years of life. This is a critical developmental phase for adaptive immunity. These findings show the potential importance Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Library of environmental and phenotypic, as well as genetic, associations with autoantibody levels at time of presentation for T1DM presenting under the age of 15 years. As some of our findings were novel, they require replication in future studies of T1DM. We would like to thank the research nurses, interviewers and staff involved with this study: Christina Cicuto, Margaret Ong, Erin Hill, William Siero, Raul Chavez, Judith Spotswood and Helen Raschella, the children and teenagers and their parents who participated in this study and
Professor Peter Coleman for providing the laboratory assays Carbohydrate for autoantibody measures. None of the authors has any potential financial conflict of interest related to this manuscript. The full Early Environment and Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Project is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (546425), Financial Markets Foundation for Children, Diabetes Australia Research Trust and the Victorian Government’s Operational Infrastructure Support Program. “
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