The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Journal Article

Race, Ancestry, and Vitamin D Metabolism

December 07, 2020
 

Simon Hsu, Andrew N Hoofnagle, Deepak K Gupta, Orlando M Gutierrez, Carmen A Peralta, Steven Shea, Norrina B Allen, Gregory Burke, Erin D Michos, Joachim H Ix, David Siscovick, Bruce M Psaty, Karol E Watson, Bryan Kestenbaum, Ian H de Boer, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 105, Issue 12, December 2020, Pages e4337–e4350
https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgaa612

Abstract

Context

A comprehensive characterization of racial/ethnic variations in vitamin D metabolism markers may improve our understanding of differences in bone and mineral homeostasis and the risk of vitamin D-related diseases.

Objective

Describe racial/ethnic differences in vitamin D metabolism markers and their associations with genetic ancestry.

Design, Setting, Participants

In a cross-sectional study within the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), we compared a comprehensive panel of vitamin D metabolism markers across self-reported racial/ethnic groups of Black (N = 1759), White (N = 2507), Chinese (N = 788), and Hispanic (N = 1411). We evaluated associations of proportion African and European ancestry with this panel of markers in Black and Hispanic participants using ancestry informative markers. Latent class analysis evaluated associations between patterns of vitamin D measurements with race/ethnicity.

Results

Compared with Black participants, White participants had significantly higher serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and fibroblast growth factor-23; lower concentrations of parathyroid hormone and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D; circulating vitamin D metabolite ratios suggesting lower CYP27B1 and higher CYP24A1 activity; higher urinary concentrations of calcium and phosphorus with higher urinary fractional excretion of phosphorus; and differences in vitamin D binding globulin haplotypes. Higher percent European ancestry was associated with higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D and lower parathyroid hormone concentrations among Black and Hispanic participants. Latent classes defined by vitamin D measurements reflected these patterns and differed significantly by race/ethnicity and ancestry.

Conclusions

Markers of vitamin D metabolism vary significantly by race/ethnicity, may serve to maintain bone and mineral homeostasis across ranges of 25-hydroxyvitamin D production, and be attributable, at least partly, to genetic ancestry.

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