Vitamin D signaling is modulated on multiple levels in health and disease
ABSTRACT Vitamin D signaling is dependent on the availability and turnover of the active Vitamin D receptor (VDR) ligand 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol and on the efficiency of VDR transactivation. Activating and inactivating secosteroid metabolizing p450 enzymes, e.g. 25-hydroxylases, 1alpha-hydroxylase and 24-hydroxylase, are responsible for ligand availability on the basis of substrate production in the skin and of nutritional intake of precursors. Net availability of active hormone depends on the delivery of substrate and the balance of activating and inactivating enzymes. 1Alpha-hydroxylase is the critical activating enzyme. It is expressed in the kidney for systemic supply and in target tissues for local secosteroid activation. It is upregulated in the kidney by low calcium intake and parathyroid hormone, downregulated by phosphatonins and proinflammatory signal transduction. Transactivation of VDR depends on the correct molecule structure, effective nuclear translocation and the presence of the unliganded heterodimer partner retinoid X-receptor (RXR) and other nuclear cofactors. Rapid Vitamin D-dependent membrane associated effects and consecutive second messenger activation exert an own pattern of gene regulation. A membrane receptor for these effects is hypothesized but not yet identified. Rickets is the long known clinical syndrome of impaired Vitamin D signaling due to Vitamin D3 deficiency. It can be caused by inherited defects of the cascade, nutritional deficits, lack of sunlight exposure, malabsorption and underlying diseases like chronic inflammation. It has been shown during the last decades that many modifiers of Vitamin D signaling are targets of disease in terms of inherited and acquired syndromes and that Vitamin D signaling is modulated at multiple levels and is more complex than mere mechanistic ligand/receptor/DNA interaction.
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ABSTRACT: Interest in vitamin D and the VDR gene is increasing as putative roles in human health and evolutionary processes are explored. This review looks beyond the classic biochemistry that links vitamin D to calcium homeostasis; it explores how vitamin D interacts with light in a broader perspective than simple skin photosynthesis. It examines how the vitamin influences circadian rhythm, and how it may have helped drive the evolution of skin pigmentation. To this end, the nutrient-nutrient relationship with folate is also explored. The VDR gene is additionally examined as a factor in the evolutionary selection of skin depigmentation at higher latitudes to allow vitamin D synthesis. Evidence is given to show that VDR polymorphisms exhibit a latitudinal gradient in allele prevalence consistent with such a paradigm. Overall, the review examines new evo-devo ideas that link light-sensitive vitamins to human health/phenotype, both within and across the lifecycle. © The Author(s) 2015.04/2015; DOI:10.1177/2156587215580491
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ABSTRACT: Evidence is increasing that suggests an expanded role of vitamin D in health outcomes apart from its classic actions on the bone and calcium homeostasis. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with some chronic respiratory illnesses; one of them is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).01/2015; 97(1). DOI:10.1016/j.ejcdt.2014.11.033