AUTHORS: Macova, L., M. Bicikova, D. Ostatnikova, M. Hill, and L. Starka

ABSTRACT: Vitamin D had been for a long time investigated for its effects on
bone metabolism. Recently has been observed that the incidence of some neurodevelopmental disorders (including autism) increases hand in hand with vitamin D deficiency. Indeed, vitamin D was reported to modulate the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters and neurotrophic factors; moreover, its receptor was found in the central nervous system. Vitamin D deficiency was therefore assessed as a risk factor for autism, however the biological mechanism has not yet been revealed. In our review we focused on potential connections among vitamin D, steroids and autism. Potential mechanisms of vitamin D action are also discussed.

Physiol Res, 2017. 66(Supplementum 3): p. S333-S340.