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Effect of cholecalciferol on vitamin D-regulatory proteins in monocytes and on inflammatory markers in dialysis patients: A randomized controlled trial

Meireles, Marion Schneider, Kamimura, Maria Ayako, Dalboni, Maria Aparecida, Giffoni de Carvalho, José Tarcísio, Aoike, Danilo Takashi, Cuppari, Lilian
Clinical nutrition 2016 v.35 pp. 1251-1258
C-reactive protein, blood serum, calcitriol receptors, cholecalciferol, dialysis, flow cytometry, inflammation, interleukin-6, monocytes, patients, placebos, randomized clinical trials, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin status
Hypovitaminosis D and inflammation are highly prevalent among patients undergoing dialysis, and the association of both conditions with worse survival has been well recognized. Although a potential role for vitamin D in the immune system has been suggested, the effect of the treatment of hypovitaminosis D on the modulation of the inflammatory response remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the restoration of the vitamin D status on the expression of vitamin D-regulatory proteins in monocytes and on circulating inflammatory markers in dialysis patients.In this randomized double-blind placebo-controlled 12-week trial, 38 patients on dialysis with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] <20 ng/mL were randomized either to the cholecalciferol group (n = 20; 50,000 IU of cholecalciferol twice weekly) or to the control group (n = 18; 50 drops of a placebo solution twice weekly). The expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR), CYP27B1, CYP24A1 and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in monocytes was determined by flow cytometry. Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D, interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured.The trial is registered at #NCT01974245.After 12 weeks, the serum 25(OH)D increased from 14.3 ± 4.7 ng/mL to 43.1 ± 11.0 ng/mL (p < 0.05) in the cholecalciferol group and did not change in the control group (13.9 ± 4.2 ng/mL to 13.5 ± 4.3 ng/mL; p = 0.56). In monocytes, while CYP27B1 expression and VDR expression increased in the cholecalciferol group (p < 0.05), CYP27B1 expression did not change, and VDR expression decreased in the control group (p < 0.05). There were no changes in IL-6 and CYP24A1 expression in both groups. Serum concentration of IL-6 and CRP decreased from 8.1 ± 6.6 pg/mL to 4.6 ± 4.1 pg/mL (p < 0.05) and from 0.50 (0.10–1.27) mg/dL to 0.28 (0.09–0.62) mg/dL (p < 0.05), respectively only in the cholecalciferol group. Assessed overtime, the treatment group differences in 25(OH) D, PTH, CRP and IL-6, CYP27B1 and VDR remained significant.Restoration of vitamin D status of patients undergoing dialysis promoted upregulation of CYP27B1 and VDR expression in monocytes and a decrease in circulating inflammatory markers.