Vitamin D compounds: activity against microbes and cancer.

Abstract

Vitamin D3 is produced in skin and is sequentially metabolized by the liver and kidney to the biologically active form 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3]. It is a seco-steroid hormone that regulates calcium homeostasis within the body. The genomic actions of 1,25(OH)2D3 are modulated through the vitamin D receptor (VDR). VDR belongs to a superfamily of… (More)

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