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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

Animal study: Vitamin D receptors regulate T cell responses to infection

The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a steroid hormone nuclear receptor, which means that it is located on the nucleus of a cell and is responsible for directly regulating the production of proteins from genetic code.

Because the biological effects of vitamin D are mediated through the vitamin D receptor, using VDR knockout mice, mice whose genes that code for the VDR have been inactivated, is one of the best ways for researchers to model vitamin D deficiency in humans. VDR knockout mice replicate many of the symptoms of human clinical vitamin D deficiency, including rickets, hypocalcemia, osteomalacia, and hyperparathyroidism. 

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  About: Will Hunter

Will is the Program Associate of the Vitamin D council and works on website administration, content production and editing, and fundraising. He is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and technology and how they relate to health and longevity.