UVB immunosuppression: Vitamin D or not vitamin D? That is the question

Academic Article


  • UVB radiation stimulates the production of vitamin D and also has immunosuppressive effects. Vitamin D is also known to alter immunological function. Thus, a relevant question is whether vitamin D is a mediator of the immunological effects of UVB. In this issue, Schwarz et al. have addressed this issue and have concluded that although vitamin D has similar effects to UVB on the immune system, UVB-induced immunosuppression can be achieved without the requirement for vitamin D action. © 2012 The Society for Investigative Dermatology.
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    Author List

  • Xu H; Elmets CA
  • Start Page

  • 2676
  • End Page

  • 2678
  • Volume

  • 132
  • Issue

  • 12