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1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D<sub>3</sub> is a preventive factor in the metastasis of lung cancer

Kimie Nakagawa, Akihiko Kawaura, Shigeaki Kato, Eiji Takeda and Toshio Okano

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 26, issue 2, pages 429-440
Published in print February 2005 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online February 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 is a preventive factor in the metastasis of lung cancer

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1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1α,25(OH)2D3], the major regulator of calcium homeostasis, has potent antiproliferative and anti-invasive properties in vitro in cancer cells. Studies in vivo demonstrated that 1α,25(OH)2D3 slows the progression of breast, prostate and other carcinomas. A key question is whether 1α,25(OH)2D3 exerts its anticarcinogenic effects in vivo by a mechanism that is dependent on its capacity to limit the proliferation and invasiveness of cancer cells in vitro. It has not been clear whether the calcemic activity and regulation of the host defenses by 1α,25(OH)2D3 contribute to the effect on cancer cells. In this study we have focused on the influence of 1α,25(OH)2D3 on the metastasis of lung cancer, without involvement of the calcemic activity and other effects of 1α,25(OH)2D3 in the host. We used metastatic Lewis lung carcinoma cells expressing green fluorescent protein (LLC-GFP cells) and examined metastatic activity in vitamin D receptor (VDR) null mutant (VDR−/−) mice and their wild-type counterparts (VDR+/+ mice). VDR−/− mice exhibit hypocalcemia and extremely high serum levels of 1α,25(OH)2D3. We expected that serum 1α,25(OH)2D3 would act in vivo to directly inhibit the metastatic growth of VDR-positive LLC-GFP cells in VDR−/− mice. The metastatic activities of LLC-GFP cells were remarkably reduced in VDR−/− mice compared with VDR+/+ mice. To test the hypothesis that serum 1α,25(OH)2D3 is an intrinsic factor that inhibits metastatic growth of lung cancer cells, we corrected hypocalcemia and/or hypervitaminosis D in VDR−/− mice by dietary manipulation. The metastatic growth of LLC-GFP cells was remarkably reduced in response to serum levels of 1α,25(OH)2D3, but not to serum calcium levels. Furthermore, we found that VDR+/+ mice fed the manipulated diets displayed an apparent inverse relationship between the physiological levels of serum 1α,25(OH)2D3 (8–15 pg/ml) and tumorigenesis. Here we show that 1α,25(OH)2D3 inhibits the metastatic growth of lung cancer cells in a defined animal model.

Keywords: 1α,25(OH)2D3, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3; DMBA, 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene; FBS, fetal bovine serum; GFP, green fluorescent protein; LLC, Lewis lung carcinoma; MMP, matrix metalloproteinase; PBS, phosphate-buffered saline; PTH, parathyroid hormone; VDR, vitamin D receptor; VDRE, vitamin D response element; VEGF, vascular endothelial growth factor

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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