Vitamin D as an inducer of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide expression: past, present and future.

Vitamin D was discovered as the preventive agent of nutritional rickets, a defect in bone development due to inadequate uptake of dietary calcium. However, a variety of studies over the last several years has revealed that vitamin D controls much more than calcium homeostasis. For example, recent research has underlined the key role of vitamin D signaling… CONTINUE READING