Margherita Cantorna

Emphasis Area Representative, Immunology and Infectious Disease; Director of the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease; Distinguished Professor of Molecular Immunology

Margherita Cantorna

Research Summary

Understanding the working of the immune system. Utilizing animal models of several human diseases including enteric infections and inflammatory bowel disease to determine the cellular targets and molecular signals by which dietary components regulate immunity.

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Vitamin D Vitamin A Calcitriol Receptors T Lymphocytes Citrobacter Rodentium Colon Infections Infection Microbiota Small Intestine Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Hydrocarbons T Cells Vitamin Genes Immune System Homeostasis Vitamin A Deficiency Regulatory T Lymphocytes Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptors Agaricales Mucosal Immunity Epithelial Cells Knockout Mice Tretinoin

Most Recent Papers

Novel insight into the role of the vitamin D receptor in the development and function of the immune system

Juhi Arora, Jinpeng Wang, Veronika Weaver, Yongwei Zhang, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2022, Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Transcriptional Profiling of the Small Intestine and the Colon Reveals Modulation of Gut Infection with Citrobacter rodentium According to the Vitamin A Status

Zhi Chai, Yafei Lyu, Qiuyan Chen, Cheng Hsin Wei, Lindsay M. Snyder, Veronika Weaver, Aswathy Sebastian, István Albert, Qunhua Li, Margherita T. Cantorna, Catharine Ross, 2022, Nutrients

RNAseq studies reveal distinct transcriptional response to vitamin A deficiency in small intestine versus colon, uncovering novel vitamin A-regulated genes

Zhi Chai, Yafei Lyu, Qiuyan Chen, Cheng Hsin Wei, Lindsay M. Snyder, Veronika Weaver, Aswathy Sebastian, István Albert, Qunhua Li, Margherita T. Cantorna, A. Catharine Ross, 2021, Nutrition Reports International

Retinoid Signaling in Intestinal Epithelial Cells Is Essential for Early Survival From Gastrointestinal Infection

Lindsay M. Snyder, Juhi Arora, Mary J. Kennett, Veronika Weaver, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2020, Frontiers in Immunology

Highlights from the 22nd workshop on vitamin D in New York City, May 2019

James C. Fleet, Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, Martin Hewison, Rolf Jorde, John White, Margherita Cantorna, Inez Schoenmakers, Reinhold Erben, 2020, Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Aligning the Paradoxical Role of Vitamin D in Gastrointestinal Immunity

Margherita T. Cantorna, Connie J. Rogers, Juhi Arora, 2019, Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism on p. 459-466

Isolation and identification of aryl hydrocarbon receptor modulators in white button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)

Yuan Tian, Wei Gui, Philip B. Smith, Imhoi Koo, Iain A. Murray, Margherita T. Cantorna, Gary H. Perdew, Andrew D. Patterson, 2019, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on p. 9286-9294

Vitamin A and vitamin D regulate the microbial complexity, barrier function, and the mucosal immune responses to ensure intestinal homeostasis

Margherita T. Cantorna, Lindsay Snyder, Juhi Arora, 2019, Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on p. 184-192

Vitamin D regulates the microbiota to control the numbers of RORγt/FoxP3+ regulatory T cells in the colon

Margherita T. Cantorna, Yang Ding Lin, Juhi Arora, Stephanie Bora, Yuan Tian, Robert G. Nichols, Andrew D. Patterson, 2019, Frontiers in Immunology

Retinoic acid mediated clearance of Citrobacter rodentium in vitamin A deficient mice requires CD11b+ and T cells

Lindsay M. Snyder, Kaitlin L. McDaniel, Yuan Tian, Cheng Hsin Wei, Mary J. Kennett, Andrew D. Patterson, A. Catharine Ross, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2019, Frontiers in Immunology

Most-Cited Papers

Vitamin D and 1,25(OH)<sub>2</sub>D regulation of T cells

Margherita T. Cantorna, Lindsay Snyder, Yang Ding Lin, Linlin Yang, 2015, Nutrients on p. 3011-3021

Vitamin D regulates the gut microbiome and protects mice from dextran sodium sulfate-induced coliti

Jot Hui Ooi, Yunfei Li, Connie J. Rogers, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2013, Journal of Nutrition on p. 1679-1686

Therapeutic effect of vitamin d supplementation in a pilot study of crohn's patients

Linlin Yang, Veronika Weaver, Jill P. Smith, Sandra Bingaman, Terryl J. Hartman, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2013, Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology

Vitamin D, immune regulation, the microbiota, and inflammatory bowel disease

Margherita T. Cantorna, Kaitlin McDaniel, Stephanie Bora, Jing Chen, Jamaal James, 2014, Experimental Biology and Medicine on p. 1524-1530

Mushrooms and health summit proceedings

Mary Jo Feeney, Johanna Dwyer, Clare M. Hasler-Lewis, John A. Milner, Manny Noakes, Sylvia Rowe, Mark Wach, Robert B. Beelman, Joe Caldwell, Margherita T. Cantorna, Lisa A. Castlebury, Shu Ting Chang, Lawrence J. Cheskin, Roger Clemens, Greg Drescher, Victor L. Fulgoni, David B. Haytowitz, Van S. Hubbard, David Law, Amy Myrdal Miller, Bart Minor, Susan S. Percival, Gabriela Riscuta, Barbara Schneeman, Suzanne Thornsbury, Cheryl D. Toner, Catherine E. Woteki, Dayong Wu, 2014, Journal of Nutrition

Vitamin D, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease

Margherita T. Cantorna, 2012, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics on p. 103-106

Differential expression of microRNAs in exhaled breath condensates of patients with asthma, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and healthy adults

Mark Pinkerton, Vernon Chinchilli, Erin Banta, Timothy Craig, Avery August, Rebecca Bascom, Margherita Teresa-Anna Cantorna, Eric Thomas Harvill, Faoud Ishmael, 2013, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on p. 217-219.e2

Dysbiosis caused by vitamin D receptor deficiency confers colonization resistance to Citrobacter rodentium through modulation of innate lymphoid cells

J. Chen, A. Waddell, Y. D. Lin, M. T. Cantorna, 2015, Mucosal Immunology on p. 618-626

Vitamin D regulation of immune function in the gut: why do T cells have vitamin D receptors?

Jot Hui Ooi, Jing Chen, Margherita T. Cantorna, 2012, Molecular Aspects of Medicine on p. 77-82

Vitamin A and vitamin D regulate the microbial complexity, barrier function, and the mucosal immune responses to ensure intestinal homeostasis

Margherita T. Cantorna, Lindsay Snyder, Juhi Arora, 2019, Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on p. 184-192

News Articles Featuring Margherita Cantorna

7 Things to know before taking Vitamin D Supplements

Known as the "sunshine pill” for its supposed ability to mimic the effects of sunshine on health, vitamin D supplements are a billion-dollar industry. People take vitamin D supplements for a variety of reasons, mental and physical. Some take it if they feel sad, perhaps as the result of the winter blues, for example. Others take it because vitamin D supposedly plays a role in bone health.

Why getting enough vitamin D in wintertime is so important

Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D — which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes — is essential for good health.

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D, which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes, is essential for good health.

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D, which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes, is essential for good health.

Science on Tap Explores Mushrooms, Their Genes, and Our Health

Nearly two-thirds of white-button mushrooms consumed in the United States come from Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and this month's Science on Tap will bring together a pair of Penn State researchers to share their insight into the popular fungus.

Eating white button mushrooms may improve blood sugar control

A new study has found that eating white button mushrooms can affect glucose, or blood sugar, regulation, thereby reducing diabetes and other metabolic conditions, such as obesity.