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J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Sep;26(9):2252-60. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.431.

The renin-angiotensin system, blood pressure, and heart structure in patients with hereditary vitamin D-resistance rickets (HVDRR).

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Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel.


Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to hypertension and an increased prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and disease. Studies in vitamin D receptor knockout (VDR KO) mice revealed an overstimulated renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and consequent high blood pressure and cardiac hypertrophy. VDR KO mice correspond phenotypically and metabolically to humans with hereditary 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D-resistant rickets (HVDRR). There are no data on the cardiovascular system in human HVDRR. To better understand the effects of vitamin D on the human cardiovascular system, the RAS, blood pressure levels, and cardiac structures were examined in HVDRR patients. Seventeen patients (9 males, 8 females, aged 6 to 36 years) with hereditary HVDRR were enrolled. The control group included age- and gender-matched healthy subjects. Serum calcium, phosphorous, creatinine, 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D],1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25(OH)(2) D(3) ], parathyroid hormone (PTH), plasma rennin activity (PRA), aldosterone, angiotensin II (AT-II), and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) levels were determined. Ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure measurements and echocardiographic examinations were performed. Serum calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase values were normal. Serum 1,25(OH)(2) D(3) and PTH but not PRA and ACE levels were elevated in the HVDRR patients. AT-II levels were higher than normal in the HVDRR patients but not significantly different from those of the controls. Aldosterone levels were normal in all HVDRR patients. No HVDRR patient had hypertension or echocardiographic pathology. These findings reveal that 6- to 36-year-old humans with HVDRR have normal renin and ACE activity, mild but nonsignificant elevation of AT-II, normal aldosterone levels, and no hypertension or gross heart abnormalities.

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