The vitamin D receptor is not required for fetal mineral homeostasis or for the regulation of placental calcium transfer in mice.

@article{Kovacs2005TheVD,
  title={The vitamin D receptor is not required for fetal mineral homeostasis or for the regulation of placental calcium transfer in mice.},
  author={Christopher S Kovacs and Mandy L Woodland and Neva Jennifer Fudge and James K. Friel},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism},
  year={2005},
  volume={289 1},
  pages={E133-44}
}
We utilized a vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene knockout model to study the effects of maternal and fetal absence of VDR on maternal fertility, fetal-placental calcium transfer, and fetal mineral homoeostasis. Vdr null mice were profoundly hypocalcemic, conceived infrequently, and had significantly fewer viable fetuses in utero that were also of lower body… CONTINUE READING