Vitamin D, a steroid hormone, has mainly been known for its effects on bone and osteoporosis. The current therapeutic practices expand into such markets as cancer research, pediatrics, nephrology, dermatology, immunology, and genetics. This 3e includes over 100 chapters covering everything from chemistry and metabolism to mechanisms of action, diagnosis and management, new analogs, and emerging therapies. This complete reference works is a must-have resource for anyone working in endocrinology, osteology, bone biology, or cancer research.


Bone specialists, endocrinologists, basic scientists and researchers interested in vitamin D and osteoporosis prevention.

Table of Contents

Section I: Chemistry, Metabolism, Circulation

1 Historical Overview of Vitamin D

Hector F. Deluca

2 Photobiology of Vitamin D

Michael F. Holick

3 The Activating Enzymes of Vitamin D Metabolism (25- and 1a-Hydroxylases)

Glenville Jones and David E. Prosser

4 CYP24A1: Structure, Function, and Physiological Role

Rene St. Arnaud

5 The Vitamin D Binding Protein: DBP

Roger Bouillon

6 Industrial Aspects of Vitamin D

Arnold L. Hirsch

Section II: Mechanisms of Action


J. Wesley Pike

8 Nuclear Vitamin D Receptor: Natural Ligands, Molecular Structure-Function, and Transcriptional Control of Vital Genes

Mark R. Haussler, Carol A. Haussler, Jui-Cheng Hsieh, Peter W. Jurutka, and G. Kerr Whitfield

9 Structural Basis for Ligand Activity in VDR

Dino Moras and Natacha Rochel

10 Coregulators of VDR-mediated Gene Expression

Paul McDonald and Diane R. Dowd

11 Target Genes of Vitamin D: Spatio-temporal Interaction of Chromatin, VDR and Response Elements

Carsten Carlberg

12 Epigenetic Modifications in Vitamin D Receptor Mediated Transrepression

Shigeaki Kato, Alexander Kouzmenko, Fumiaki Ohtake, and Ryoji Fujiki

13 Vitamin D and Wnt/ß-Catenin Signaling

Albert Munoz, José Manuel González-Sancho, and María Jesús Larriba

14 Vitamin D Response Element Binding Protein

John S. Adams, Thomas S. Lisse, Hong Chen, Mark S. Nanes, and Martin Hewison

15 Vitamin D Sterol/VDR Conformational Dynamics and Nongenomic Actions

Anthony W. Norman and Mathew T. Mizwicki

Section III: Mineral and Bone Homeostasis

16 Development of the Skeleton

Jane B. Lian, Gary S. Stein, Martin Montecino, Janet L. Stein, Andre J. van Wijnen

17 Vitamin D Regulation of Osteoblast Function

Renny Franchesci and Yan Li

18 Osteoclasts

F. Patrick Ross


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About the author

John Adams

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chair for Research, UCLA-Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Director, Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles


"In this brief review, it is impossible to cover all the nuances of vitamin D addressed in this book. Interested readers may want to peruse the book chapters to assess relevance to their personal interests. I regard this impressive text as a ‘‘must have’’ in the medical libraries of most hospitals. Clinicians and researchers with an interest in vitamin D may want their own personal copy for ready reference. I highly recommend it and congratulate the authors and editors in providing a much needed reference text on arguably one of the more important nutrients to our species."--American Journal of Human Biology

"In this remarkable compendium, the editors provide a fresh and comprehensive review of a multifaceted and sometimes controversial vitamin D. This third edition is not just an update, but a greatly expanded work organized to authoritatively cover the evidence for new roles of vitamin D in cardiovascular health, immunity, psychiatric disorders, and much more. In more than 100 chapters, experts span the history of vitamin D, update its molecular mechanism and chemistry, provide specifics of clinical use in disorders of the skeleton, and review progress in an array of diseases including diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis. In this edition one finds new information for a broad audience including internal medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, basic scientists, and teachers. How does one define optimal vitamin D status? How does vitamin D affect innate immunity? What are the epigenetic modifications of the vitamin D receptor that contribute to its function? Are there other natural ligands for the vitamin D receptor? These are a part of the new increased scope of Vitamin D, Third Edition. If you are interested in vitamin D, you should have this book."

—Mark S. Nanes, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

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