Vitamin A: Nutrition, Side Effects and Supplements

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Editor: Lucas P. Scott

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress

Vitamin A is an essential fat-soluble vitamin with a myriad of functions including cell differentiation, redox homeostasis, growth and immune functions. Systemic inflammation has been linked with oxidative stress and has been also associated with reduced serum concentrations of Vitamin A. This book examines the protective effect of Vitamin A on lung function and cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary heart disease. Also discussed is Vitamin A and its natural derivatives, the retinoids, which participate in several biological events necessary to the maintenance of tissue homeostasis, cell cycle regulation and cell differentiation and apoptosis.

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Preface pp. i-vii

Vitamin A and Lung Development
(M.L. Pinto, P.Rodrigues, A. Honório, C. Gonçalves, V. Bairos, Departement of Veterinary Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, and others)pp.1-46

Regulation of Vitamin A Homeostasis by the Stellate Cell (Vitamin A-Storing Cell) System
(Haruki Senoo, Kiwamu Yoshikawa, Mayako Morii, Mutsunori Fujiwara, Kazuhiko Besshi, Yoshihiro Mezaki, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Hondo, Akita, Japan, and others)pp.47-74

Does Vitamin A Prevent Coronary Heart Disease?
(K.F. Gey, A.E. Evans (The WHO MONICA Reference Centre for Vitamins, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, The Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom)pp.75-104

Genetic Basis of Vitamin A and its Role in Lipid Deposition and Fatty Acid Desaturation of Ruminant Livestock
(B. D. Siebert, Z.A. Kruk, W.S. Pitchford, C.D.K. Bottema, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide, Roseworthy SA, Australia)pp.105-124

Vitamin A: Roles in Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Obesity
(Blanca Puchau, María A. Zulet, J. Alfredo Martínez, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physiology and Toxicology, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain)pp.125-142

Vitamin A Storage in Vertebrate Eggs: Physiological and Nutritional Significance of Retinal Stored in Eggs
(Toshiaki Irie, Takaharu Seki, Laboratory of Biology, Department of General Education, Hakodate National College of Technology, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, and others)pp.143-162

Fortifying foods with vitamin A: technological challenges and opportunities ^
(S.M. Loveday, H. Singh, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North, New Zealand)pp.163-192

Protective Effect of Vitamin A on Male Lung Cancer
(María S. Dagatti, Agustina Bertola Compagnucci, Herman A Perroud, Stella M. Pezzotto, Instituto de Inmunología, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas; Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, and others)pp.193-210

Vitamin A: A Prospective Pacifier against Arsenic
(Vyas Avani, P. D. Patel Institute of Applied Sciences, Charotar University of Science
and Technology (CHARUSAT) Changa, Anand, India)pp.211-226

The Effects of Vitamin A Supplementation on Central Nervous System Redox Environment and Mammalian Cognition
(Marcos Roberto de Oliveira, Juliana Obino Mastella, Laura Milán Vasques, José Cláudio Fonseca Moreira, Centro de Estudos em Estresse Oxidativo, Departamento de Bioquímica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil) pp.227-238

Vitamin A Intake in Relation to Lung Function, Breathlessness and the Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(Fumi Hirayama, Andy H. Lee, Naoko Hiramatsu, School of Public Health, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, and others)pp.239-252

Vitamin A: Importance for Lung Function and Structure Maintenance
(Matheus Augusto de Bittencourt Pasquali, Daniel Pens Gelain, José Cláudio Fonseca Moreira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil)pp.253-260

Isotretinoin, vitamin A derivates and Psychopathology: making the point ^
(S. Salvatore, L. Spanò, M. Salviati, EM Vingolo, Dipartimento di Oculistica – Sapienza Università di Roma)pp.261-278

Index pp.279-294

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