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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078341/the-role-of-uv-radiation-and-vitamin-d-in-the-seasonality-and-outcomes-of-infectious-disease
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Abhimanyu, Anna K Coussens
The seasonality of infectious disease outbreaks suggests that environmental conditions have a significant effect on disease risk. One of the major environmental factors that can affect this is solar radiation, primarily acting through ultraviolet radiation (UVR), and its subsequent control of vitamin D production. Here we show how UVR and vitamin D, which are modified by latitude and season, can affect host and pathogen fitness and relate them to the outcomes of bacterial, viral and vector-borne infections...
January 12, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065683/cutaneous-features-of-myotonic-dystrophy-types-1-and-2-implication-of-premature-aging-and-vitamin-d-homeostasis
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Elena Campione, Annalisa Botta, Monia Di Prete, Emanuele Rastelli, Manuela Gibellini, Antonio Petrucci, Sergio Bernardini, Giuseppe Novelli, Luca Bianchi, Augusto Orlandi, Roberto Massa, Chiara Terracciano
Skin changes have been described in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). However, whether and in which way skin is a target of specific disease alterations in DM1 and DM2 has not been yet clarified. This study aims to explore cutaneous features of DM1 and DM2 patients. Skin examination was performed in 60 DM1, 15 DM2, and 103 control, unselected patients by means of dermoscopy. It revealed quantitative and qualitative abnormalities of nevi and typical signs of premature aging in both DM1 and DM2 patients, with a significantly higher frequency of dysplastic nevi, alopecia, xerosis and seborrheic dermatitis...
November 16, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063200/effects-of-1-25-oh-2-d3-and-vitamin-d-receptor-on-peripheral-cd4-cd8-double-positive-t-lymphocytes-in-a-mouse-model-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Yan Ding, Wang Liao, Xiao-Jie He, Wei Xiang
This study aims to explore effects of 1,25(OH)2 D3 and vitamin D receptor (VDR) on peripheral CD4(+) /CD8(+) double-positive (DP) T lymphocytes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). MRL-LPr/LPr mice with SLE (n = 20) and normal MRL mice (n = 20) were assigned into the control group (normal mice, without feeding with 1,25(OH)2 D3 ), the 1,25(OH)2 D3 group (SLE mice, feeding with 1,25(OH)2 D3 ), the VDR-knock-in + 1,25(OH)2 D3 group (SLE mice, VDR-knock-in, feeding with 1,25(OH)2 D3 ) and the VDR-knockout group (normal mice, VDR-knockout, without feeding with 1,25(OH)2 D3 ) (n = 10 per group)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056806/suppression-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-ultraviolet-light-is-not-mediated-by-isomerization-of-urocanic-acid
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Amy A Irving, Steven J Marling, Lori A Plum, Hector F DeLuca
BACKGROUND: Ultraviolet B irradiation confers strong resistance against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a model of multiple sclerosis. This protection by ultraviolet B is independent of vitamin D production but causes isomerization of urocanic acid, a naturally occurring immunosuppressant. METHODS: To determine whether UCA isomerization from trans to cis is responsible for the protection against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis afforded by ultraviolet B, trans- or cis-urocanic acid was administered to animals and their disease progression was monitored...
January 5, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054069/challenge-and-perspective-the-relevance-of-ultraviolet-uv-radiation-and-the-vitamin-d-endocrine-system-vdes-for-psoriasis-and-other-inflammatory-skin-diseases
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Jörg Reichrath, Roman Saternus, Thomas Vogt
During evolution, the ability of many organisms to synthesize vitamin D photochemically represented, and still represents, a major driving factor for the development of life on earth. In humans because not more than 10-20% of the requirement of vitamin D can be satisfied by the diet (under most living conditions in the US and Europe), the remaining 80-90% need to be photochemically synthesized in the skin through the action of solar or artificial ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation. The skin is a key organ of the human body's vitamin D endocrine system (VDES), representing both the site of vitamin D synthesis and a target tissue for biologically active vitamin D metabolites...
January 5, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038884/photoprotection-in-specific-populations-children-and-people-of-color
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Tania Cestari, Kesha Buster
Improved education on appropriate photoprotection in children is vital. Photoprotection for these individuals should include seeking shade, the use of physical agents (clothing, hat, sunglasses), and application of sunscreens on exposed areas. Avoidance of the use of tanning beds is an important component of education for teenagers. Ultraviolet radiation exposure induces DNA damage and photoaging in all skin types, including people of color. The extent of such damage is inversely related to constitutive skin pigmentation...
December 23, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035222/serum-vitamin-d-level-the-effect-on-the-clinical-course-of-psoriasis
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Beata Bergler-Czop, Ligia Brzezińska-Wcisło
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a hyperproliferative disorder of the skin, and vitamin D analogs are widely used in its treatment. It is evident that ultraviolet radiation enables vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) formation in the epidermis, and this product is further converted into the active metabolites 25-hydroxycholecalciferol and 1,25-hydroxycholecalciferol, which exert several important effects on the skin. The disruption in proper functioning of the skin which occurs in psoriasis leads to a loss of capacity for cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D3...
December 2016: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034764/the-concept-of-the-personal-vitamin-d-response-index
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REVIEW
Carsten Carlberg, Afrozul Haq
Humans are able to synthesize vitamin D3 in their skin when exposed to UV-B, but seasonal variations, textile coverage and predominant indoor activities often make supplementation with the compound necessary. There is some dispute on the desired vitamin D status, measured via the serum concentration of the most stable vitamin D3 metabolite, 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, and the respective recommended daily supplementation. A possible answer may be provided by the concept of the personal vitamin D response index describing the efficiency of the molecular response to supplementation with vitamin D...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031546/sunlight-exposure-and-vitamin-d-status-in-breastfed-infants
#9
Pinky Meena, Aashima Dabas, Dheeraj Shah, Rajeev Kumar Malhotra, S V Madhu, Piyush Gupta
OBJECTIVE: To correlate the sunlight exposure in first 6 months to vitamin D status at 6 months of age in predominantly breastfed infants; and to quantify the sunlight exposure required to achieve serum 25(OH)D level > 20 ng/mL, by 6 months of age. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. SETTING: Tertiary care hospital predominantly catering to urban poor population in Delhi. PARTICIPANTS: 132 healthy infants, delivered at term, and predominantly breastfed were enrolled at 6-8 weeks of age...
December 5, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024137/-secrets-of-the-red-headed
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REVIEW
Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Małgorzata Kowalik, Adam Jagodziński
Only 1-2% of people is red-headed but in the Russian Udmurt Republic or United Kingdom they can be met more often. A specific variant of MC1R gene (R allele) is responsible for the red hair. The gene encodes a receptor for melanocortins. These substances stimulate melanocytes to product melanin- a dye of the skin which is transported to keratinocytes. It protects a cellular nucleus from ultraviolet radiation. Melanin has two types: eumelanin which is dark brown or even black and red/orange pheomelanin. The second one is mostly observed in red-headed which is caused by R allele...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012936/results-of-daily-oral-dosing-with-up-to-60-000-international-units-iu-of-vitamin-d3-for-2-to-6-years-in-3-adult-males
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REVIEW
Patrick McCullough, Jeffrey Amend
In the 1930's and 1940's, vitamin D was reported to be an effective treatment for a number of diseases, including asthma, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, rickets and tuberculosis. High doses were used, 60,000 to 300,000 IU a day for asthma, and 200,000 to 600,000 IU a day for rheumatoid arthritis. Toxicity from hypercalcemia occurred after prolonged oral dosing with these supraphysiologic doses. Assays for measuring vitamin D in the blood were not available, and blood levels of vitamin D associated with hypercalcemia were unknown...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012697/the-host-defense-peptide-ll-37-a-possible-inducer-of-the-type-i-interferon-system-in-patients-with-polymyositis-and-dermatomyositis
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Xin Lu, Quan Tang, Monica Lindh, Maryam Dastmalchi, Helene Alexanderson, Karin Popovic Silwerfeldt, Birgitta Agerberth, Ingrid E Lundberg, Cecilia Wick
The type I interferon (IFN) system has recently been suggested to play important and essential roles in the pathogenesis of myositis. However, a clarification of how type I IFNs could function as triggering factor(s) in the pathogenesis of myositis has yet failed. Through activation of the type I IFN system, the host defense peptide LL-37 carries numerous immunomodulatory properties and is implicated in the pathogenesis of several other autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The expression of LL-37 can be regulated by various endogenous factors including the active form of vitamin D (25(OH)D3)...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012019/birmingham-epidermolysis-severity-score-and-vitamin-d-status-are-associated-with-low-bmd-in-children-with-epidermolysis-bullosa
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G Rodari, S Guez, F Manzoni, K K Chalouhi, E Profka, S Bergamaschi, S Salera, G Tadini, F M Ulivieri, A Spada, C Giavoli, S Esposito
: Bone status impairment represents a complication of generalized forms of epidermolysis bullosa (EB); however, the prevalence and the main determinants of this event in localized forms remain poorly defined. Birmingham epidermolysis bullosa severity (BEBS) score and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels are strongly associated with low bone mass, suggesting that vitamin D may play a potential beneficial role in bone health. Further longitudinal studies are needed in order to confirm this hypothesis...
December 23, 2016: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009890/the-health-benefits-of-uv-radiation-exposure-through-vitamin-d-production-or-non-vitamin-d-pathways-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-disease
#14
Richard B Weller
The detrimental effects of ultraviolet radiation are well known. Skin cancer, photo-aging, and induction or exacerbation of photosensitive dermatoses have been the focus of most photobiological research since 1928 when Findlay confirmed the carcinogenicity of ultraviolet radiation using a murine model of skin cancer. The epidemiological, mechanistic and clinical trial data have enabled the classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of ultraviolet radiation as a Group 1 ('sufficient evidence') carcinogen for human skin...
December 23, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995987/intrinsic-photosensitivity-enhances-motility-of-t-lymphocytes
#15
Thieu X Phan, Barbara Jaruga, Sandeep C Pingle, Bidhan C Bandyopadhyay, Gerard P Ahern
Sunlight has important biological effects in human skin. Ultraviolet (UV) light striking the epidermis catalyzes the synthesis of Vitamin D and triggers melanin production. Although a causative element in skin cancers, sunlight is also associated with positive health outcomes including reduced incidences of autoimmune diseases and cancers. The mechanisms, however, by which light affects immune function remain unclear. Here we describe direct photon sensing in human and mouse T lymphocytes, a cell-type highly abundant in skin...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995834/environmental-and-genetic-factors-influence-the-vitamin-d-content-of-cows-milk
#16
R R Weir, J J Strain, M Johnston, C Lowis, A M Fearon, S Stewart, L K Pourshahidi
Vitamin D is obtained by cattle from the diet and from skin production via UVB exposure from sunlight. The vitamin D status of the cow impacts the vitamin D content of the milk produced, much like human breast milk, with seasonal variation in the vitamin D content of milk well documented. Factors such as changes in husbandry practices therefore have the potential to impact the vitamin D content of milk. For example, a shift to year-round housing from traditional practices of cattle being out to graze during the summer months and housed during the winter only, minimises exposure to the sun and has been shown to negatively influence the vitamin D content of the milk produced...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989262/sun-exposure-uv-irradiance-and-serum-25-hydroxycholecalciferol-in-pregnant-women-in-rural-north-india
#17
Siddhnath Sudhanshu, Pramod Upadhyay, Monashish Sahu, Vinita Rawat, Vijayalakshmi Bhatia
OBJECTIVE: To document the effect of season and environmental pollution on UVB irradiance; and to estimate cutaneous vitamin D synthesis in village women in different seasons. DESIGN: Radiant UVB energy was measured by a spectroradiometer in different seasons and, in April and May, on successive days in open areas at the city outskirts, at a crowded inner-city area and the villages of our participants. Clothing, outdoor activity pattern and serum 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH)D) levels were documented...
December 19, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983651/skin-involvement-and-pulmonary-hypertension-are-associated-with-vitamin-d-insufficiency-in-scleroderma
#18
Marco Atteritano, Domenico Santoro, Giorgio Corallo, Elisa Visalli, Michele Buemi, Antonino Catalano, Antonino Lasco, Alessandra Bitto, Francesco Squadrito
Vitamin D status has been linked to immune system and autoimmune disorders; in fact, low levels of vitamin D are common in many autoimmune disorders. The aims of our study were to assess the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and the possible correlation with clinical parameters in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We recruited 40 patients (38 female and two male) with scleroderma and 40 healthy controls matched for age and gender. Demographic and clinical parameters were recorded and the 25-hydroxivitamin D3 serum levels were measured...
December 14, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968929/nutrition-and-skin-kids-are-not-just-little-people
#19
Meagen McCusker, Robert Sidbury
There has been a surge of new data regarding the pathophysiology of skin diseases. We are appreciating the sophisticated interplay among the skin, the immune system, and the environment. More elegant and highly specific medicines have been designed to target certain immune mediators of the adaptive immune system. In parallel fashion, we are learning more about the elegance of the innate immune system and how nutrition as early as the prenatal period can affect the priming of other immune cells. Concerns about the long-term impact of new immune-modulating medicines-especially in the pediatric population-have patients asking their dermatologists for nutritional alternatives to medical therapies...
November 2016: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942349/the-risks-and-benefits-of-sun-exposure-2016
#20
REVIEW
David G Hoel, Marianne Berwick, Frank R de Gruijl, Michael F Holick
Public health authorities in the United States are recommending that men, women and children reduce their exposure to sunlight, based on concerns that this exposure will promote skin cancer. On the other hand, data show that increasing numbers of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiencies and serious health problems caused by insufficient sun exposure. The body of science concerning the benefits of moderate sun exposure is growing rapidly, and is causing a different perception of sun/UV as it relates to human health...
January 2016: Dermato-endocrinology
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