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      Impact of Ergocalciferol Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency on Serum Parathyroid Hormone Concentrations in Chronic Kidney Disease

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          Background: Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent and associated with secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) guidelines recommend treatment of vitamin D deficiency starting with CKD stage 3, though no data are available showing an impact on serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations. The goal of this analysis, therefore, was to determine the effect of ergocalciferol treatment on plasma PTH concentrations in vitamin D-deficient patients with stage 3 and stage 4 CKD. Methods: A prospective, nonrandomized observational analysis was conducted in an academic community hospital CKD clinic. Fifty-two patients with stage 3 or stage 4 CKD with vitamin D deficiency and elevated PTH concentrations received ergocalciferol dosed per a modified K/DOQI guidelines protocol and adjusted every 3 months. Serum PTH, 25-vitamin D, 1,25-vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, and albumin levels were drawn at initiation of therapy and repeated every 3 months. Results: The mean 25-vitamin D levels normalized in patients with stage 3 and 4 CKD, with values of 31.6 ± 2.2 ng/ml (78.8 ± 5.49 nmol/l) and 35.4 ± 1.9 ng/ml (88.4 ± 4.74 nmol/l), respectively (p < 0.0001). A median decrease in PTH concentrations of 13.1 and 2.0% was noted in patients with stage 3 and stage 4 CKD, respectively (p = 0.041, p = nonsignificant). Conclusions: Ergocalciferol therapy is a reasonable initial therapy for vitamin D deficiency associated with elevated PTH levels in stage 3 CKD. It does not appear to have equivalent benefits in stage 4 CKD.

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          Patients with ESRD have a high circulating calcium (Ca) x phosphate (P) product and develop extensive vascular calcification that may contribute to their high cardiovascular morbidity. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying vascular calcification in this context are poorly understood. In an in vitro model, elevated Ca or P induced human vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) calcification independently and synergistically, a process that was potently inhibited by serum. Calcification was initiated by release from living VSMC of membrane-bound matrix vesicles (MV) and also by apoptotic bodies from dying cells. Vesicles released by VSMC after prolonged exposure to Ca and P contained preformed basic calcium phosphate and calcified extensively. However, vesicles released in the presence of serum did not contain basic calcium phosphate, co-purified with the mineralization inhibitor fetuin-A and calcified minimally. Importantly, MV released under normal physiologic conditions did not calcify, and VSMC were also able to inhibit the spontaneous precipitation of Ca and P in solution. The potent mineralization inhibitor matrix Gla protein was found to be present in MV, and pretreatment of VSMC with warfarin markedly enhanced vesicle calcification. These data suggest that in the context of raised Ca and P, vascular calcification is a modifiable, cell-mediated process regulated by vesicle release. These vesicles contain mineralization inhibitors derived from VSMC and serum, and perturbation of the production or function of these inhibitors would lead to accelerated vascular calcification.
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            Vitamin D deficiency is a major risk factor for bone loss and fracture. Although hypovitaminosis D has been detected frequently in elderly and housebound people, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among patients hospitalized on a general medical service is unknown. We assessed vitamin D intake, ultraviolet-light exposure, and risk factors for hypovitaminosis D and measured serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, parathyroid hormone, and ionized calcium in 290 consecutive patients on a general medical ward. A total of 164 patients (57 percent) were considered vitamin D-deficient (serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, < or = 15 ng per milliliter), of whom 65 (22 percent) were considered severely vitamin D-deficient (serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, <8 ng per milliliter). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations were related inversely to parathyroid hormone concentrations. Lower vitamin D intake, less exposure to ultraviolet light, anticonvulsant-drug therapy, renal dialysis, nephrotic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, winter season, higher serum concentrations of parathyroid hormone and alkaline phosphatase, and lower serum concentrations of ionized calcium and albumin were significant univariate predictors of hypovitaminosis D. Sixty-nine percent of the patients who consumed less than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D and 43 percent of the patients with vitamin D intakes above the recommended daily allowance were vitamin D-deficient. Inadequate vitamin D intake, winter season, and housebound status were independent predictors of hypovitaminosis D in a multivariate model. In a subgroup of 77 patients less than 65 years of age without known risk factors for hypovitaminosis D, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was 42 percent. Hypovitaminosis D is common in general medical inpatients, including those with vitamin D intakes exceeding the recommended daily allowance and those without apparent risk factors for vitamin D deficiency.
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              Relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin d and pulmonary function in the third national health and nutrition examination survey.

              Age, gender, height, ethnicity, and smoking are important determinants of lung function but do not explain all of the variation between individuals. Low concentrations of vitamin D have been associated with a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, hypertension, and type I diabetes. It is possible that serum concentrations of vitamin D might also influence pulmonary function. To determine the relationship between serum concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D and pulmonary function. The analysis was conducted using data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was a cross-sectional survey of the US civilian population that was conducted from 1988 to 1994. The analyses were restricted to 14,091 people who > or = 20 years of age, were interviewed at mobile examination centers, and had undergone spirometry, and in whom serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels had been measured. After adjustment for age, gender, height, body mass index, ethnicity, and smoking history, the mean FEV1 was 126 mL (SE, 22 mL), and the mean FVC was 172 mL (SE, 26 mL) greater for the highest quintile of serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D level (> or = 85.7 nmol/L) compared with the lowest quintile (< or = 40.4 nmol/L; p < 0.0001). With further adjustment for physical activity, the intake of vitamin D supplements, milk intake, and the level of serum antioxidants, the mean difference between the highest and lowest quintiles of 25-hydroxy vitamin D was 106 mL (SE, 24 mL) for FEV1, and 142 mL (SE, 29 mL) for FVC (p < 0.0001). There is a strong relationship between serum concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D, FEV1, and FVC. Further studies are necessary to determine whether supplementation with vitamin D is of any benefit in patients with respiratory disease.

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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                March 2007
                11 January 2007
                : 27
                : 1
                : 36-43
                Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, Ill., USA
                98561 Am J Nephrol 2007;27:36–43
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 4, Tables: 3, References: 46, Pages: 8
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                Original Report: Patient-Oriented, Translational Research

                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                Parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D deficiency, Ergocalciferol


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