Vitamin D and the Lung

Mechanisms and Disease Associations

  • Augusto A. Litonjua

Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kumaravel Rajakumar, Michael F. Holick
      Pages 3-23
  3. Vitamin D Mechanisms of Relevance to Lung Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Virender K. Rehan, John S. Torday
      Pages 41-57
    3. Aria Vazirnia, Philip T. Liu
      Pages 59-84
    4. Zoë Urry, Sarah Dimeloe, Catherine M. Hawrylowicz
      Pages 85-101
    5. Luciano Adorini, Gilles Laverny, Giuseppe Penna
      Pages 103-125
    6. Audreesh Banerjee, Reynold A. Panettieri Jr.
      Pages 127-150
    7. Kelan G. Tantisira
      Pages 151-178
  4. Disease Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Jonathan M. Mansbach, Carlos A. Camargo Jr.
      Pages 181-200
    3. Wim Janssens, An Lehouck, Marc Decramer, Ghislaine Gayan-Ramirez
      Pages 239-260
    4. Helen M. Buntain, Anne B. Chang
      Pages 261-282
    5. Adrian R. Martineau
      Pages 283-305
    6. David C. Christiani, C. Matthew Kinsey
      Pages 307-322
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-329

About this book


Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide problem and many associations with diseases are being discovered. Recently, there has been an interest in the role that vitamin D plays in the inception and progression of lung disease. Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations delivers a concise, evidence-based review of the evidence for a role of vitamin D in various lung disorders. Divided into three sections, the first section of the book delivers a review of how vitamin D deficiency emerged in human populations, and gives a perspective on how humans evolved to maximize the efficiency of production of vitamin D. The second section of the book reviews aspects of vitamin D mechanisms on different immune cells, lung tissue, and genetics that have potential impact on lung disease. The third section follows with chapters on associations of vitamin D with the risk for viral infections, asthma and allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, and finally, lung cancer with an emphasis on ongoing research and clinical issues and needs for future research in each field. Written by an international group of expert authors, Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations is an essential text for researchers in the respiratory field and practicing clinicians including internists, pulmonologists, and primary care personnel.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Augusto A. Litonjua
    • 1
  1. 1.Channing Laboratory, Division of Pulmonary and Critical CareHarvard Medical School, Brigham and WomeBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61779-887-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61779-888-7
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