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Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 May;290(5):E916-24. Epub 2005 Dec 20.

Molecular mechanism of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 inhibition of adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells.

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  • 1Dept. of Medicine, Univ. of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


We have investigated the molecular mechanism whereby 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3] inhibits adipogenesis in vitro. 1,25(OH)2D3 blocks 3T3-L1 cell differentiation into adipocytes in a dose-dependent manner; however, the inhibition is ineffective 24-48 h after the differentiation is initiated, suggesting that 1,25(OH)2D3 inhibits only the early events of the adipogenic program. Treatment of 3T3-L1 cells with 1,25(OH)2D3 does not block the mitotic clonal expansion or C/EBPbeta induction; rather, 1,25(OH)2D3 blocks the expression of C/EBPalpha, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma), sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1, and other downstream adipocyte markers. The inhibition by 1,25(OH)2D3 is reversible, since removal of 1,25(OH)2D3 from the medium restores the adipogenic process with only a temporal delay. Interestingly, although the vitamin D receptor (VDR) protein is barely detectable in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, its levels are dramatically increased during the early phase of adipogenesis, peaking at 4-8 h and subsiding afterward throughout the rest of the differentiation program; 1,25(OH)2D3 treatment appears to stabilize the VDR protein levels. Consistently, adenovirus-mediated overexpression of human (h) VDR in 3T3-L1 cells completely blocks the adipogenic program, confirming that VDR is inhibitory. Inhibition of adipocyte differentiation by 1,25(OH)2D3 is ameliorated by troglitazone, a specific PPARgamma antagonist; conversely, hVDR partially suppresses the transacting activity of PPARgamma but not of C/EBPbeta or C/EBPalpha. Moreover, 1,25(OH)2D3 markedly suppresses C/EBPalpha and PPARgamma mRNA levels in mouse epididymal fat tissue culture. Taken together, these data indicate that the blockade of 3T3-L1 cell differentiation by 1,25(OH)2D3 occurs at the postclonal expansion stages and involves direct suppression of C/EBPalpha and PPARgamma upregulation, antagonization of PPARgamma activity, and stabilization of the inhibitory VDR protein.

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