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Vitamin D Endocrinology

HECTOR F. DeLUCA, Ph.D.
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Presented to the New York University Honors Program 28 October 1974.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Hector F. DeLuca, Ph.D.; Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin; 420 Henry Mall; Madison, WI 53706.


Madison, Wisconsin A New York University Honors Program Lecture


Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(3):367-377. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-367
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Current status of our understanding of the metabolism of vitamin D and its implications in metabolic bone disease is reviewed. The details of metabolism of vitamin D3 to 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in the liver and its further conversion in the kidney to either 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 are presented. The latter conversions are regulated by the vitamin D status, serum calcium through the parathyroid gland system, and serum inorganic phosphorus concentration. The 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 can now be regarded as a calcium- and a phosphate-mobilizing hormone and must be considered as one of the most important serum calcium-regulating hormones. Disruption of the vitamin D metabolic sequence or the signal system for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 results in several bone and calcium metabolism disorders such as renal osteodystrophy, hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, and vitamin D-dependency rickets. The use of the synthetic analogs of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 as well as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 itself in the management of these disease states is discussed.

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