Free 25-hydroxyvitamin D: Impact of vitamin D binding protein assays on racial-genotypic associations

Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Research Group

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Abstract

Context: Total 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) is a marker of vitamin D status and is lower in African Americans than in whites. Whether this difference holds for free 25OHOD (f25OHD) is unclear, considering reported genetic-racial differences in vitaminDbinding protein (DBP) used to calculate f25OHD. Objectives: Our objective was to assess racial-geographic differences in f25OHD and to understand inconsistencies in racial associations with DBP and calculated f25OHD. Design: This study used a cross-sectional design. Setting: The general community in the United States, United Kingdom, and The Gambia were included in this study. Participants: Men in Osteoporotic Fractures in Men and Medical Research Council studies (N = 1057) were included. Exposures: Total 25OHD concentration, race, and DBP (GC) genotype exposures were included. Outcome Measures: Directly measured f25OHD, DBP assessed by proteomics, monoclonal and polyclonal immunoassays, and calculated f25OHD were the outcome measures. Results: Total 25OHD correlated strongly with directly measured f25OHD (Spearman r = 0.84). Measured by monoclonal assay, mean DBP in African-ancestry subjects was approximately 50% lower than in whites, whereas DBP measured by polyclonal DBP antibodies or proteomic methods was not lower in African-ancestry. Calculated f25OHD (using polyclonal DBP assays) correlated strongly with directly measured f25OHD (r = 0.80-0.83). Free 25OHD, measured or calculated from polyclonal DBP assays, reflected total 25OHD concentration irrespective of race and was lower in African Americans than in US whites. Conclusions: Previously reported racial differences in DBP concentration are likely from monoclonal assay bias, as there was no racial difference in DBP concentration by other methods. This confirms the poor vitamin D status of many African-Americans and the utility of total 25OHD in assessing vitamin D in the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2226-2234
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume101
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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