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Reciprocal control of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and FGF23 formation involving the FGF23/Klotho system.

Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is a circulating hormone that is synthesized by osteocytes and osteoblasts. This glycosylated peptide controls phosphate balance by modulating urinary phosphate excretion and indirectly intestinal phosphate absorption by reducing expression of the renal and intestinal sodium phosphate transporters. In a feedback loop, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and phosphate intake control FGF23 production. FGF23 is inactivated by cleavage by a still unidentified enzyme. FGF23 cleavage occurs within cells and probably in the circulation. Klotho, a protein expressed at the cell surface of few organs, forms complexes with FGF receptors, which increases their affinity for FGF23. Klotho is also released into the plasma and urine by an enzymatic cleavage. FGF23 plays a central role in vitamin D metabolism: It inhibits calcitriol synthesis in the kidney and stimulates the catabolism of active vitamin D sterols. In turn, calcitriol stimulates FGF23 and Klotho expression. In chronic kidney diseases, FGF23 concentration increases as GFR declines, whereas Klotho tissue expression decreases. The modifications of FGF23 and Klotho expression are probably involved in the genesis of hyperparathyroidism and the resistance to vitamin D receptor (VDR) activation in chronic kidney disease. Low vitamin D, high FGF23 concentrations, and defects in VDR activation are associated with similar risks, which evoke the possibility that potential FGF23 toxicity might be partly mediated by FGF23-induced decrease in calcitriol or 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Conversely, VDR activators could be used to modulate Klotho or FGF23 expression.

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