Nefrologia : publicacion oficial de la Sociedad Espanola Nefrologia

[The role of calcium, calcitriol and their receptors in parathyroid regulation].

PMID 19396314


The mechanism of regulation of Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is complex, and diverse factors are involved: the fundamental ones are calcium, calcitriol and phosphorus. Calcium and calcitriol's mechanism of action takes place through its specific receptors, the calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) and the Vitamin D Receptor (VDR). These two factors have an effect not only on its specific receptors, but also they can modify the other receptor in a positive manner, promoting its actions and demonstrating a cooperative effect between the two. Along with calcium and calcitriol, drugs used in the treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral Bone Disorders (CKD-MBD) also act directly or indirectly on CaR and VDR and therefore are also responsible for the regulation of the parathyroid gland.