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A computational model for previtamin D3 production in skin

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Abstract

Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in a wide variety of health issues from calcemic diseases to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For most humans, the majority of vitamin D3 is derived from sunlight. How much vitamin D is produced under given exposure conditions is still widely discussed. We present a computational model for the production of (pre-)vitamin D within the skin. It accounts for spectral irradiance, optical properties of the skin and concentration profile of provitamin D. Results are computed for various sets of these parameters yielding the distribution of produced previtamin D in the skin.

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The article was received on 14 Sep 2011, accepted on 09 Jan 2012 and first published on 13 Feb 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2PP05295D
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2012,11, 731-737
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    A computational model for previtamin D3 production in skin

    M. Meinhardt-Wollweber and R. Krebs, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2012, 11, 731
    DOI: 10.1039/C2PP05295D

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