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Vitamin E Deficiency

  1. Mohsen Meydani,
  2. Takuro Koga,
  3. Samina Ali

Published Online: 29 JAN 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002109



How to Cite

Meydani, M., Koga, T. and Ali, S. 2003. Vitamin E Deficiency. eLS. .

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  1. Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2003


Vitamin E is essential for the integrity of cellular membranes and deficiency of it results in membrane lipid peroxidation, dysfunction and cell death. Nutritional vitamin E deficiency is rare in humans, but rare genetic defects lead to tissue deficiency despite normal intestinal absorption.


  • vitamin E;
  • deficiency;
  • neuropathy;
  • fat malabsorption;
  • tocopherol transport protein