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Endocrinology. 2002 Jul;143(7):2508-14.

Antiproliferative effects of 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) and vitamin D analogs on tumor-derived endothelial cells.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA.


Although there is abundant evidence that 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25-(OH)(2)D(3)] inhibits the growth of several cancer cell types, inhibition of angiogenesis may also play a role in mediating the antitumor effects of 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3.) We examined the ability of 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) to inhibit the growth of tumor-derived endothelial cells (TDECs) and normal endothelial cells and to modulate angiogenic signaling. 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) inhibited the growth of TDECs from two tumor models at nanomolar concentrations, but was less potent against normal aortic or yolk sac endothelial cells. The vitamin D analogs Ro-25-6760, EB1089, and ILX23-7553 were also potent inhibitors of TDEC proliferation. Furthermore, the combination of 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) and dexamethasone had greater activity than either agent alone. 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) increased vitamin D receptor and p27(Kip1) protein levels in TDECs, whereas phospho-ERK1/2 and phospho-Akt levels were reduced. These changes were not observed in normal aortic endothelial cells. In squamous cell carcinoma and radiation-induced fibrosarcoma-1 cells, 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) treatment caused a reduction in the angiogenic signaling molecule, angiopoietin-2. In conclusion, 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) and its analogs directly inhibit TDEC proliferation at concentrations comparable to those required to inhibit tumor cells. Further, 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) modulates cell cycle and survival signaling in TDECs and affects angiogenic signaling in cancer cells. Thus, our work supports the hypothesis that angiogenesis inhibition plays a role in the antitumor effects of 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3).

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