Special Issue "Vitamin D, Diet and Musculoskeletal Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 November 2021).
Interests: molecular biology; inflammation; cancer; microbiota; nutrition
The important role of Vitamin D in calcium and phosphorus homeostasis, bone biology, immune function, inflammation. and cell growth is well known, but there is a growing interest in its potential effect on skeletal muscle mass and strength by virtue of its action on muscle cell differentiation, metabolism, and function. Vitamin D also plays a role in the regulation and uptake of calcium in muscle cells, which is important for muscle strength, contractile activity, mitochondrial function, insulin sensitivity, and protein synthesis. This activity is both direct and indirect and involves genomic and nongenomic pathways.
Skeletal muscle affects human health and disease. Aging is associated with a decrease in muscle mass and function (sarcopenia), which is associated with a loss of independence and reduced quality of life. The gut microbiota, the bacteria, archaea, viruses, and eukaryotic microbes residing in the gastrointestinal tract are emerging as potential contributors to age-associated-changes in muscle size, composition, and function.
This Special Issue will publish either manuscripts describing original research or analytical reviews on vitamin D and musculoskeletal health, with a focus on other factors playing a role in this relationship, such as diet, ageing, diseases, gut microbiota, and exercise.
Dr. Deborah Agostini
Dr. Sabrina Donati Zeppa
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Vitamin D
- Musculoskeletal health
- Gut microbiota