Vitamin E: Textbooks require updating

Angelo Azzi, Jean Marc Zingg

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Vitamin E was discovered in 1922, but in more than 60 years many new findings have added to the early one. However, its description in many textbooks has not been proportionally updated. The result is an inaccurate, incomplete, and often incorrect description of the function of this vitamin. In some other textbooks, vitamin E is absolutely neglected. In almost all books the existence of vitamin E deficiency diseases is ignored. Recent findings on vitamin E molecular functions and its related diseases are described in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Gene expression
  • Non-antioxidant
  • Signal transduction
  • Tocopherol
  • Vitamin E

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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