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Vitamin D and the Lung

Mechanisms and Disease Associations

Litonjua, Augusto A. (Ed.)

2012, XII, 332 p.

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  • Delivers a concise, evidence-based review of the evidence for the role of vitamin D in various lung disorders
  • Written by an international group of expert authors to promote international readership
  • Essential text for researchers in the respiratory field and practicing clinicians including internists, pulmonologists, and primary care personnel

Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide problem and many associations with diseases are being discovered. Recently, there has been an interest in the role that vitamin D plays in the inception and progression of lung disease. Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations delivers a concise, evidence-based review of the evidence for a role of vitamin D in various lung disorders. Divided into three sections, the first section of the book delivers a review of how vitamin D deficiency emerged in human populations, and gives a perspective on how humans evolved to maximize the efficiency of production of vitamin D. The second section of the book reviews aspects of vitamin D mechanisms on different immune cells, lung tissue, and genetics that have potential impact on lung disease. The third section follows with chapters on associations of vitamin D with the risk for viral infections, asthma and allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, and finally, lung cancer with an emphasis on ongoing research and clinical issues and needs for future research in each field. Written by an international group of expert authors, Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations is an essential text for researchers in the respiratory field and practicing clinicians including internists, pulmonologists, and primary care personnel.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Airway Smooth Muscle Cells - Asthma - COPD - Cystic FIbrosis - Dendritic Cells - Genetic and Genomic Effects - Innate Immune Response - Lung Cancer - Lung Development - Respiratory Epithelial Cells - T-Regulatory Cells - Tuberculosis - Viral Infections - Vitamin D - Vitamin D Deficiency

Related subjects » Internal Medicine - Medicine

Table of contents 

Section I – Introduction               

1          Vitamin D Deficiency: Historical Perspectives          

Kumaravel Rajakumar

                        Michael F. Holick

2          Perspective: Evolution of Human Skin Color:  How Low Levels of Vitamin D Drove Natural Selection

                        Scott T. Weiss

 

Section II- Vitamin D Mechanisms of Relevance to Lung Diseases                    

 

3          Vitamin D and Lung Development in Early Life        

Virender K. Rehan

                        John S. Torday

4          Vitamin D and the Innate Immune Response            

Philip Liu

                        Aria Vazirnia

5          Vitamin D and Regulatory T Cells        

Catherine Hawrylowicz

                        Zoe Urry

                        Sarah Dimeloe

6          Dendritic Cell Modulation by the Vitamin D System            

Luciano Adorini

                        Gilles Laverny

                        Giuseppe Penna

7          Vitamin D Modulates Airway Smooth Muscle Function      

Audreesh Banerjee

                        Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr.

8          Genetic and Genomic Effects    

Kelan G. Tantisira

 

Section III. Disease Associations                      

 

9          Acute Respiratory Infections     

Jonathan M. Mansbach

                        Carlos A. Camargo, Jr.

10        The role of vitamin D in the development, exacerbation, and severity of asthma and allergic diseases

                        Augusto A. Litonjua

11        Vitamin D and COPD        

Wim Janssens

                        An Lehouck

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