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[Vitamin D: biological and clinical effects]

LAKATOS Péter, SPEER Gábor

JANUARY 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(01)

[The hormone-like effects of vitamin D and its mechanism of action were extensively investigated during the last decade. The key to these effects lies in the receptor, in the interaction of the D hormone/receptor complex and in the regulator effects of vitamin D/receptor complex on other genes. The details of the vitamin D receptor structure became known during the last years. This new data shed light on a number of new aspects of vitamin D action, of which some have already gained clinical significance. Present review attempts to summarize the most recent data available in this field.]

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