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Vitamin K: Structure and Function

  1. Sarah L Booth,
  2. Edward Saltzman

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001411



How to Cite

Booth, S. L. and Saltzman, E. 2001. Vitamin K: Structure and Function. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Vitamin K is a cofactor specific to the vitamin K-dependent γ-glutamyl carboxylase and the formation of the amino acid γ-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla). Numerous Gla-containing proteins have been identified to date, including those involved in blood coagulation, but there are still significant gaps in knowledge about the physiological roles of many of these proteins.


  • vitamin K;
  • γ-carboxyglutamic acid;
  • warfarin;
  • metabolism