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Nonhypercalcemic 1,25-(OH)2D3 analogs potently induce the human osteocalcin gene promoter stably transfected into rat osteosarcoma cells (ROSCO-2)


1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3] is the active hormonal form of vitamin D3 and has potent effects on bone and calcium regulation. Over the past decade it has become apparent that 1,25-(OH)2D3 has other effects on cellular proliferation that potentially could be developed for therapy in human malignancy. Since the hypercalcemic effects of 1,25-(OH)2D3 have limited that use in the human, novel nonhypercalcemic analogs of 1,25-(OH)2D3 have been synthesized. The molecular mechanism of this divergence in these antiproliferative and calcium-regulating actions is unexplained. We have previously examined the human bone-specific gene osteocalcin as a model of the molecular mechanisms of vitamin D action in bone and have shown that induction of the osteocalcin gene by 1,25-(OH)2D3 is mediated through an unique and complex palindromic region of the promoter similar to but distinct from those of other steroid hormone-responsive elements. Using an osteosarcoma cell line permanently transfected with the vitamin D-responsive promoter of the human osteocalcin gene linked to a ""reporter"" gene, we have shown that there is a dose-dependent induction of CAT activity by 1,25-(OH)2D3 and that the potencies of vitamin D metabolites and analogs are comparable to those found in other vitamin D bioassays. Furthermore, vitamin D analogs, including MC-903, 22-oxa-1,25-(OH)2D3, and delta 22-1,25S,26-trihydroxyvitamin D3, which effect cellular differentiation but lack hypercalcemic activity in vivo, exhibit osteocalcin promoter inductive actions virtually identical to those of 1,25-(OH)2D3. Consideration of these and other data support the hypothesis that the divergent effects of such analogs on differentiation and calcium homeostasis reflect pharmacokinetic differences in vivo rather than distinct 1,25-(OH)2D3-sensitive pathways.

Type Journal
ISBN 0884-0431 (Print)
Authors Morrison, N. A.;Eisman, J. A. :
Published Date 1991-01-01
Published Volume 6
Published Issue 8
Published Pages 893-9
Status Published in-print
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