Recent studies suggest that variations of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene are related to bone mineral density (BMD). In this study, we examined the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on BMD at the femoral neck in relation to VDR genotype. We analyzed 81 women, age 70 years and over, who participated in a placebo-controlled clinical trial on the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation (400 IU daily for at least 2 years) on BMD and fracture incidence. VDR genotype was based on the presence (b) or absence (B) of the BsmI restriction site. Mean BMD of the right and left femoral neck was measured at baseline and after 1 and 2 years. Dietary calcium, body mass index, and years since menopause were assessed at baseline while biochemical markers were measured at baseline and after 1 year. There was no difference among the BB, Bb, and bb genotype for baseline measurements of BMD at the femoral neck (mean and SD, g/cm2:0.70 (0.10), 0.71 (0.12), and 0.69 (0.10), respectively), nor for any of the biochemical indices. The mean increase of BMD in the vitamin D group relative to the placebo group, expressed as percentage of baseline BMD, was significantly higher (p = 0.03) in the BB (ΔBMD: 4.4%, p = 0.04) and Bb genotype (ΔBMD: 4.2%, p = 0.007) compared with the bb genotype (ΔBMD: -0.3%, p = 0.61). No significant changes were found for any of the other measured parameters. The VDR genotype-dependent effect of vitamin D supplementation in these elderly subjects suggest a functional involvement of VDR gene variants in determining BMD.

dx.doi.org/10.1359/jbmr.1997.12.8.1241, hdl.handle.net/1765/60188
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Graafmans, W.C, Lips, P, Ooms, M.E, van Leeuwen, J.P.T.M, Pols, H.A.P, & Uitterlinden, A.G. (1997). The effect of vitamin D upplementation on the bone mineral density of the femoral neck is associated with vitamin D receptor genotype. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 12(8), 1241–1245. doi:10.1359/jbmr.1997.12.8.1241