Definition

A VITAMIN D that can be regarded as a reduction product of vitamin D2.

Description

Dihydrotachysterol is only found in individuals that have used or taken this drug. It is a vitamin D that can be regarded as a reduction product of vitamin D2. [PubChem]Once hydroxylated to 25-hydroxydihydrotachysterol, the modified drug binds to the vitamin D receptor. The bound form of the vitamin D receptor serves as a transcriptional regulator of bone matrix proteins, inducing the expression of osteocalcin and suppressing synthesis of type I collagen. Vitamin D (when bound to the vitamin D receptor)stimulates the expression of a number of proteins involved in transporting calcium from the lumen of the intestine, across the epithelial cells and into blood. This stimulates intestinal calcium absorption and increases renal phosphate excretion. These are functions that are normally carried out by the parathyroid hormone.

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