Vitamin D and the immune system: new perspectives on an old theme

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Abstract

It is almost 30 years since an interaction between vitamin D and the immune system was first documented. Although this was initially proposed as a nonclassic effect of vitamin D associated with granulomatous diseases, our current view is now changed considerably. Recent studies have shown a potential physiologic role for vitamin D in regulating normal innate and adaptive immunity. Future studies now need to focus on the clinical implications of vitamin D–mediated immunity and, in particular, the possible beneficial effects of supplementary vitamin D with respect to infectious and autoimmune diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-39
Number of pages15
JournalRheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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