Just for curiosity I am collecting a list of allergy genes that are vitamin D dependent. The list is already rather long but now there is a prominent addition: CD14. Known as asthma gene for many years the vitamin D dependency isn’t such clear. A clever analysis, however, now shows that there is an intermediate step involved
Calcitriol (1Î±, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3) induces the expression of CD14 in mononuclear phagocytes. The mechanisms accounting for this have been unclear since the promoter of CD14 does not contain a canonical vitamin D response element (VDRE). Calcitriol has been shown to regulate the activity of the transcription factor Sp-1 and our analysis of the proximal promoter of CD14 indicated the presence of four Sp-1-like binding sequences.