Genome Study Reveals Vitamin D Influence

researchers mapped the molecular interactions of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) across the genome, finding numerous locations where VDR binding influences genes involved in various diseases More than 2,700 sites of VDR binding were identified including regions associated with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease, as well as genome sites linked to cancers such as leukemia and colorectal cancer. Their investigation revealed a novel role for vitamin D at several disease genes, a discovery that should drive future research. They even found VDR binding locations involved in tanning, height and hair color.

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