Two faces of vitamin e in the lung

Joan M. Cook-Mills*, Hiam Abdala-Valencia, Tina Hartert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Asthma and allergic lung disease occur as complex environmental and genetic interactions. Clinical studies of asthma indicate a number of protective dietary factors, such as vitamin E, on asthma risk. However, these studies have had seemingly conflicting outcomes. In this perspective, we discuss opposing regulatory effects of tocopherol isoforms of vitamin E, mechanisms for tocopherol isoform regulation of allergic lung inflammation, association of vitamin E isoforms with outcomes in clinical studies, and how the variation in global prevalence of asthma may be explained, at least in part, by vitamin E isoforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-284
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013


  • A-tocopherol
  • Asthma
  • G-tocopherol
  • Human
  • Mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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