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Nephron. 1988;50(4):295-8.

In vivo effect of 1 alpha-hydroxyvitamin D3 on interleukin-2 production in hemodialysis patients.

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Inoue Hospital, Osaka, Japan.


The immunoregulatory effect of 1 alpha-OHD3, a precursor form of active vitamin D3 1,25 (OH)2D3, was examined in hemodialysis patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBM) from hemodialysis patients produced significantly less interleukin-2 (IL-2) than those from normal controls. Four weeks of oral administration of 0.5 micrograms/day of 1 alpha-OHD3 enhanced the IL-2 production of PBM from the patients. This fact suggests that 1 alpha-OHD3 therapy may be useful for the restoration of IL-2 production in hemodialysis patients, and that the vitamin D3 deficiency may be responsible for the impairment of cellular immunity associated with IL-2 production disorder in hemodialysis patients.

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