Vitamin D Metabolism (Homo sapiens)

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VDR targets Hepatocyte Kidney Skin UV B radiation from sunlight Spontaneous isomerisation Endocrine modulators Vitamin D from Diet Vitamin D binding protein 7-Dehydro- cholesterol Previtamin D3 Cholecalciferol Calcidiol Calcidiol Inactive 24,25-OH- vitamin D Calcitriol CYP27B1 Parathyroid hormone CYP24A1 Vitamin D binding protein VDR alpha-globulin Cholesterol DHCR7 Ca Pi CYP2R1 CYP27A1 RXRA RXRB Activation Tissue-specific regulation Name: Vitamin D Metabolism License: CC BY 2.0 Organism: Homo sapiens


Photochemical synthesis of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol, D3) occurs cutaneously where pro-vitamin D3 (7-dehydrocholesterol) is converted to pre-vitamin D3 (pre-D3) in response to ultraviolet B (sunlight) exposure. DHCR7 encodes the enzyme 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) reductase, which converts 7-DHC to cholesterol, thereby removing the substrate from the synthetic pathway of vitamin D3, a precursor of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3.The finding that common variants at DHCR7 are strongly associated with circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations suggests that this enzyme could have a larger role in regulation of vitamin D status than has previously been recognised. Vitamin D3, obtained from the isomerization of pre-vitamin D3 in the epidermal basal layers or intestinal absorption of natural and fortified foods and supplements, binds to vitamin D-binding protein (DBP) in the bloodstream, and is transported to the liver. D3 is hydroxylated by liver 25-hydroxylases (25-OHase). The resultant 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH)D3) is 1-hydroxylated in the kidney by 25-hydroxyvitamin D3-1 -hydroxylase (1-OHase). This yields the active secosteroid 1 ,25(OH)2D3 (calcitriol), which has different effects on various target tissues. The synthesis of 1,25(OH)2D3 from 25(OH)D3 is stimulated by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and suppressed by Ca2+, Pi and 1,25(OH)2D3 itself. The rate-limiting step in catabolism is the degradation of 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 to 24,25(OH)D3 and 1,24,25(OH)2D3, respectively,which occurs through 24-hydroxylation by 25-hydroxyvitamin D 24-hydroxylase (24-OHase), encoded by the CYP24A1 gene. 24,25(OH)D3 and 1,24,25(OH)2D3 are consequently excreted. Vitamin D activity is mediated through binding of 1,25(OH)2D3 to the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which can regulate transcription of other genes involved in cell regulation, growth, and immunity. VDR modulates the expression of genes by forming a heterodimer complex with retinoid-X-receptors (RXR).

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NameTypeDatabase referenceComment
7-Dehydro- cholesterolMetaboliteHMDB00032 (HMDB)
CYP24A1GeneProduct1591 (Entrez Gene)
CYP27A1GeneProduct1593 (Entrez Gene)
CYP27B1GeneProduct1594 (Entrez Gene)
CYP2R1 GeneProduct120227 (Entrez Gene)
CaMetaboliteHMDB00464 (HMDB)
CalcidiolMetaboliteHMDB03550 (HMDB)
CalcitriolMetaboliteHMDB01903 (HMDB)
CholecalciferolMetaboliteHMDB00876 (HMDB)
CholesterolMetaboliteHMDB00067 (HMDB)
DHCR7GeneProduct1717 (Entrez Gene)


vitamin D
MetaboliteHMDB00430 (HMDB)
Parathyroid hormoneGeneProduct5741 (Entrez Gene)
PiMetaboliteHMDB01429 (HMDB)
Previtamin D3MetaboliteHMDB06500 (HMDB)
RXRAGeneProduct6256 (Entrez Gene)
RXRBGeneProduct6257 (Entrez Gene)
VDRGeneProduct7421 (Entrez Gene)
Vitamin D binding proteinGeneProduct2638 (Entrez Gene)
Vitamin D binding proteinProteinP02774 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)

Annotated Interactions

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