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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Review Article

The Role of Vitamin D in Gastrointestinal Diseases: Inflammation, Gastric Cancer, and Colorectal Cancer

Author(s): Yao Chen, Jue Hou, Zhangang Xiao, Yueshui Zhao, Fukuan Du, Xu Wu, Mingxing Li, Yu Chen, Lin Zhang, Chi Hin Cho, Qinglian Wen*, Wei Hu* and Jing Shen*

Volume 29, Issue 22, 2022

Published on: 17 January, 2022

Page: [3836 - 3856] Pages: 21

DOI: 10.2174/0929867328666211111163304

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Vitamin D as a prohormone is converted into the active form in vivo and binds to vitamin D receptors, exercising a wide range of biological functions. Recent studies strongly support that vitamin D supplementation is associated with reduced cancer risk and a good prognosis. Gastrointestinal cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The key role of vitamin D in the development of gastrointestinal cancer has been observed. Moreover, Vitamin D can also affect innate immunity and perform anti-inflammation and anti-infection actions. Given the intimate relationship between cancer and inflammation, we herein summarize epidemiological and preclinical studies of vitamin D and the underlying mechanism of its action in inflammation, gastric and colorectal cancer by our group and other researchers. A beneficial effect of vitamin D in cancer and inflammatory disease has been supported by different studies. More controlled and larger clinical trials are needed before a reliable conclusion and realization of vitamin D supplementation in the adjunct treatment of gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer.

Keywords: Vitamin D, metabolism, innate immunity, antimicrobial peptide, inflammation, gastrointestinal cancer.

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