The metabolism of vitamin d3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin d3 in normal and anephric humans

Richard W. Gray, Hugo P. Weber, Jesus H. Dominguez, Jacob Lemann

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To clarify in human beings the further metabolism of 25-OH-D3, the principal circulating form of vitamin D, the fates of 26, 27-3H-25-OH-D3 or 1, 2-3H-4-14C-D3 were compared in 6 normal subjects and 10 anephric patients on chronic hemodialysis. Normal subjects and 6 of 10 anephrics formed 24, 25-(OH)2-D3 suggesting that the kidney may not be the only tissue capable of 24-hydroxylation. Normal subjects also produced metabolites co-migrating with authentic 1, 25- (OH)2-D3 and 1, 24-25-(OH)3-D3. Anephrics did not produce metabolites co-migrating with 1, 25- (OH)2-D3 but their serum did contain small amounts of metabolites co-migrating with authentic 1, 24, 25- (OH)3-D3. Estimated plasma 25-OH-D3 pools were indistinguishable in the two groups averaging 91 ± 9/xg in normals and 96 ± 8 fxg in anephrics. However, the estimated turnover rate of 25-OH-D3 in anephrics was only 1.6 ±0.1/ag/day as compared to 2.8 ± 0.3/xg/day in normals (p < 0.005) confirming the importance of the human kidney in the further metabolism of vitamin D. Vitamin D and its metabolites were not dialyzable. Metabolites of 25-OH-D3 more polar than 1, 24, 25-(OH)3-D3 were also observed in plasma, urine, bile, and feces of both normals and anephrics. Their identity and biologic significance remain to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1045-1056
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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