Describe the regulation of plasma calcium concentration.

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College Answer

High scoring answers discussed the three major hormones involved in calcium regulation - parathyroid hormone, vitamin D and calcitonin. For each of these it was expected that candidates include: site of production, stimulus for release, inhibitory factors and actions. In the case of renin it was expected that candidates also include the actions of angiotensin and aldosterone. Very few answers discussed inhibitory factors or negative feedback loops.