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Thrombin, a potent platelet activating agent, has previously been found to increase intracellular calcium levels and/or thromboxane A2 synthesis in leukemic cell lines exhibiting specific markers of the megakaryocyte/platelet lineage. However, its functional role on these cells has not been defined. As thrombin is implicated in the regulation of cellular proliferation or differentiation in various other cell types, we investigated the functional effects of thrombin on the megakaryoblastic MEG-01 cell line, and further explored its receptor coupling mechanisms on these cells. We observed that thrombin caused in 1% serum containing culture medium, a reduction in the proliferation of MEG-01 cells, without affecting their differentiation stage as determined by the expression of platelet glycoproteins GPIIb/IIIa and GPIb, FVIII-related-antigen and cell-size measurement, which are specific markers for megakaryocyte maturation. In addition, incubation of MEG-01 cells with thrombin resulted in dose-dependent increases in cAMP levels, and in inositol-trisphosphate formation and intracellular Ca2+ levels. All these responses required thrombin proteolytic activity. The lipoxygenase inhibitor, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, blunted thrombin-induced calcium increase without affecting thrombin-induced increase in cAMP levels, suggesting different thrombin coupling mechanisms with these two second messenger pathways. In addition, the inhibitory effect of thrombin on MEG-01 cell growth was mimicked by cAMP level enhancing agents such as forskolin, prostaglandin E1 and Bt2cAMP. These results suggest the involvement of a cAMP-dependent mechanism in the thrombin-induced reduction in MEG-01 cell growth.
 
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We used the osteogenic sarcoma cell line, UMR-106-01, to determine whether the rise in free cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) and cellular cAMP following PTH stimulation are able to be regulated independently. For this purpose, we compared the effect of a PTH antagonist, stimulation of protein kinase C, augmentation by prostaglandins, and the time course of desensitization of the two cellular responses. Two x 10(-7) M of the PTH antagonist 8,18Nle 34Tyr-bPTH(3-34) amide ([Nle,Tyr]bPTH(3-34)A) was required to inhibit 10(-9) M bPTH(1-34)-stimulated cAMP generation by 50%. 10(-7) M bPTH(1-34) completely overcame the inhibition induced by 10(-6) M [Nle,Tyr]bPTH(3-34)A. Only 7 x 10(-8) M and 2.7 x 10(-7) M [Nle,Tyr]bPTH(3-34)A were required to half maximally inhibit the [Ca2+]i increase evoked by 3 x 10(-8) and 10(-7) M bPTH(1-34), respectively. In addition, dissociation between [Ca2+]i and cAMP signals was observed when modulation by protein kinase C and prostaglandins was tested. Preincubation of the cells with 10 nM TPA for 5 minutes markedly inhibited the PTH-evoked [Ca2+]i increase. Short incubation with PGF2 alpha augmented the PTH-evoked [Ca2+]i increase. Similar pretreatments had no effect on the PTH-stimulated cAMP increase. Finally, preincubation with 1.5 x 10(-9) M bPTH(1-34) for 20 minutes almost completely blocked the effect of 10(-7) M bPTH(1-34) on [Ca2+]i, while preincubation with 5 x 10(-9) M bPTH(1-34) for 4 hours was required to inhibit the effect of 10(-8) M bPTH(1-34) on cAMP production by 50%. The differences in the regulation of the two PTH-stimulated cellular signaling systems, in particular, the response to antagonists and the time course of desensitization, could be at the level of the PTH receptor(s) or at a postreceptor domain.
 
Third drug combinations with [OSU-03012 + sildenafil] and with [celecoxib + sildenafil] to  
Increased expression of ATF4 after [OSU-03012 + sildenafil] treatment is eIF2 dependent and  
Sildenafil facilitates a rapid further reduction in GRP78 protein expression levels in cells treated with OSU-03012. (A) GBM cells were treated with vehicle, celecoxib (5 M) / OSU-03012 (1 M), sildenafil (2 M) or the drugs in combination for 6h. Cells were fixed and permeabilized and  
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We examined the interaction between OSU-03012 (also called AR-12) with phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors to determine the role of the chaperone GRP78/BiP/HSPA5 in the cellular response. Sildenafil (Viagra) interacted in a greater than additive fashion with OSU-03012 to kill stem-like GBM cells. Treatment of cells with OSU-03012/sildenafil: abolished the expression of multiple oncogenic growth factor receptors and plasma membrane drug efflux pumps and caused a rapid degradation of GRP78 and other HSP70 and HSP90 family chaperone proteins. Decreased expression of plasma membrane receptors and drug efflux pumps was dependent upon enhanced PERK-eIF2α-ATF4-CHOP signaling and was blocked by GRP78 over-expression. In vivo OSU-03012/sildenafil was more efficacious than treatment with celecoxib and sildenafil at killing tumor cells without damaging normal tissues and in parallel reduced expression of ABCB1 and ABCG2 in the normal brain. The combination of OSU-03012/sildenafil synergized with low concentrations of sorafenib to kill tumor cells, and with lapatinib to kill ERBB1 over-expressing tumor cells. In multiplex assays on plasma and human tumor tissue from an OSU-03012/sildenafil treated mouse we noted a profound reduction in uPA signaling and identified FGF and JAK1/2 as response biomarkers for potentially suppressing the killing response. Inhibition of FGFR signaling and to a lesser extent JAK1/2 signaling profoundly enhanced OSU-03012/sildenafil lethality. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
 
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Components of the extracellular matrices (ECM) exert pleiotropic effects in many cell systems, but little is known of the effect of ECM on hormone signal transduction. We have investigated the effect of ECM substrates on cell growth and signal transduction by calcitonin (CT) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) using the rat osteosarcoma cell line, UMR 106-06. Type I collagen (collagen[I]) and Matrigel changed the morphology of the cells and significantly inhibited cell growth by 37% or 23%, respectively, compared with control. None of laminin, fibronectin, or type IV collagen affected cell shape or proliferation. Cells cultured on collagen (I)-coated plates showed increased specific binding of labeled CT compared with cells on plastic plates. The effect was apparent by 24 h and persisted for at least 72 h. None of the other ECM affected CT binding. Scatchard analysis revealed that collagen(I) increased CT receptor numbers but not receptor affinity. Consistent with increased binding capacity, cells plated on collagen(I) had increased responses to each of CT and PTH in terms of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) production compared to control cells. In addition, cAMP production by prostaglandin E2, cholera toxin, and forskolin was increased by 30-70% compared to control. These data suggest that collagen(I) had effects not only on membrane receptors but on guanosine triphosphate (GTP) binding proteins (G proteins). The effect of collagen(I) on CT binding was no longer present when the cells were freed from the plates by enzymatic dispersion and binding measured in cell suspensions. In UMR 106-01 cells transiently transfected with the porcine CT receptor cDNA, binding was similarly induced by collagen(I). These data are the first demonstration that collagen(I) may play an important role in signal transduction, affecting both receptors and G proteins in UMR 106-06 cells. These results draw attention to the potential role of the ECM of bone in hormone-induced responses.
 
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The subclone M-07e, derived from the interleukin-3 (IL-3)-responsive human myeloid cell line M-07, is strictly dependent on either IL-3 or granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) for its growth and survival. This cell line may be regarded as a candidate model to investigate the poorly understood events triggered by growth factors binding to human hemopoietic cells. Both IL-3 and GM-CSF induce in M-07e cells an increase of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity, which reaches its maximum at 24-30 h and fully depends on de novo protein synthesis. The growth factors do not elicit translocation of protein kinase C to the membrane; thus a role of the kinase in ODC induction is ruled out. An amiloride-inhibitable Na+/H+ exchanger is present in the membrane of M-07e cells; its apparent Km for extracellular Na+ is 47.77 mM; and its activity is greatly enhanced when the cytoplasm is acidified. Growth-factor-evoked ODC activation and DNA synthesis are blocked in a dose- and time-dependent manner when M-07e cells are incubated with ethylisopropylamiloride, a specific inhibitor of Na+/H+ exchanger. The exchanger does not appear to be directly activated by IL-3 or GM-CSF, but its operation is strictly required for the biological effects of these growth factors on M-07e cell line.
 
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The cell line M-07e requires either Interleukin-3 (IL-3) or granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) for proliferation in vitro. Cells deprived of growth factor for up to 48 hours remain viable but no longer divide. The growth-factor-deprived M-07e cells begin to divide within 48 hours of reexposure to IL-3. Flow cytometric analysis of M-07e cells labeled with hypotonic propidium iodide demonstrates that the percentage of cells undergoing DNA synthesis decreases from 24%, in a log phase population of IL-3 stimulated cells, to 1% when cells are deprived of IL-3 for 24 hours. IL-3-deprived cells accumulate predominantly in a flow cytometry peak representative of G0/G1. DNA synthetic activity, as determined by tritiated thymidine uptake and flow cytometry, resumes between 12 and 18 hours after reexposure to IL-3, reaching a peak of up to 40% by 24 hours and returning to log phase levels by 72 hours. Prior to initiation of DNA synthesis, increases are seen in mRNA levels for five-lipoxygenase-activating protein (FLAP). Following reexposure to IL-3, a rapid time-dependent biosynthesis of leukotriene D4 (LTD4) is induced by M-07e cells. When IL-3 is added in the presence of any of three lipoxygenase inhibitors tested (Piriprost, caffeic acid, nordihydroguiaretic acid) or FLAP inhibitor, MK-886, there is dose-dependent inhibition of the resumption of proliferation and of DNA synthesis. Flow cytometric cell cycle analysis demonstrates that the inhibited cells remain in the G0/G1 population and do not progress through the cell cycle. These results are consistent with our previous observation that an intact lipoxygenase pathway is necessary for hematopoietic growth-factor-stimulated colony formation of normal bone marrow myeloid progenitors and suggest that the induction of a lipoxygenase metabolite or metabolites is necessary for myeloid cells to progress through the cell cycle when stimulated by a hematopoietic growth factor.
 
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The superinduction of the polyamine catabolic enzyme spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT) has been implicated in the cell type-specific cytotoxic activity of some polyamine analogues. We now report that one polyamine analogue, 1,12-dimethylspermine (DMSpm), produces a large induction of SSAT with no significant effects on growth in the human large cell lung carcinoma line, NCl H157. This cell line has been demonstrated to respond to other analogues with SSAT superinduction and cell death. Treatment of the lung cancer cell line with DMSpm produces a rapid increase in SSAT activity and a near complete depletion of the natural polyamines. Additionally, DMSpm supports cell growth in cells which have been depleted of their natural polyamines by the ornithine decarboxylase inhibitor, 2-difluoromethylornithine. The current results suggest that significant induction of SSAT can occur in the absence of cytotoxicity when the inducing polyamine analogue can support growth and that increased SSAT activity alone is not sufficient for cytotoxicity to occur.
 
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Phorbol diesters have been reported to stimulate the Na+/H+ antiport of a variety of cells including sea urchin eggs. Since stimulation of the Na+/H+ antiport is necessary for metabolic derepression during fertilization and protein kinase C is a target of phorbol diesters, enhanced Na+/H+ exchange during fertilization may be a result of protein kinase C activity. Protein kinase C is probably physiologically activated by diacylglycerols, which are derived from hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol. Treatment of sea urchin eggs with 1,2-diacylglycerols was found to stimulate the Na+/H+ antiport. The 1,3-isomers were without effect. Further, the effects of 1,2-diacylglycerol and phorbol diester are not additive with respect to Na+/H+ exchange. While a direct participation of protein kinase C activity during fertilization remains to be demonstrated, these data support the hypothesis that protein kinase C activity plays a role in fertilization. However, the cytotoxic effect of protein kinase C activators suggests effects associated with their pleiotropic nature.
 
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Prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha); which stimulates DNA synthesis in resting 3T3 cells, also stimulates the incorporation of [32P]PO4 into phosphatidylinositol. The effect is selective for PGF2 alpha when compared with PGE1, PGE2, and PGF2 beta. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) also stimulates DNA synthesis but does not affect phosphatidylinositol turnover. PGE1, which acts synergistically with PGF2 alpha to enhance DNA synthesis, does not affect the ability of PGF2 alpha, to enhance the incorporation of [32P]PO4 into phosphatidylinositol. PGF2 alpha, also causes a small increase in the cellular content of 1,2-diacylglycerol. This effect is not shared by EGF or PGE1. Stimulation of phosphatidylinositol metabolism resulting in an increase in the cellular content of 1,2-diacylglycerol may thus constitute an event in the pathway leading to the initiation of DNA synthesis in which PGF2 alpha differs in its action from EGF.
 
TEM micrographs of AKU chondrocytes (A) and synoviocytes (B). The images are representative of a cell population after analyzing 50–100 cells up to the fourth generation in each sample.
Expression of homogentisate 1,2 dioxygenase in human osteoarticular cells. Experiments were performed in triplicate. Bars represent mean ± SD. The asterisk indicates significant difference versus control (P < 0.05).
A: Western blotting with anti-HGD antibodies of human primary cultured chondrocytes. The use of rat liver as a positive control of human HGD presence was justified by the high level of homologyof the HGD immunogenic sequence between rat and human (94%, according to BLAST/UNIPROT algorithm). Experiments were performed in triplicate. Bars represent mean ± SD. The asterisk indicates significant difference versus control (P < 0.05). B: 2D Western blotting withanti-HGD antibodiesof human primary cultured chondrocytes. Mr and pI of the five HGD molecular species are reported.
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Alkaptonuria (AKU) results from defective homogentisate1,2-dioxygenase (HGD), causing degenerative arthropathy. The deposition of ochronotic pigment in joints is so far attributed to homogentisic acid produced by the liver, circulating in the blood and accumulating locally. Human normal and AKU osteoarticular cells were tested for HGD gene expression by RT-PCR, mono- and 2D-Western blotting. HGD gene expression was revealed in chondrocytes, synoviocytes, osteoblasts. Furthermore, HGD expression was confirmed by Western blotting, that also revealed the presence of five enzymatic molecular species. Our findings indicate that AKU osteoarticular cells produce the ochronotic pigment in loco and this may strongly contribute to induction of ochronotic arthropathy.
 
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Treatment of mammalian cells with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3) produces a G1 to S (G1/S) phase cell cycle block. In addition, it has been noted that a smaller proportion of cells accumulates in the G2/M compartment in 1,25D3-treated cultures. Since cyclins have a major influence on the regulation of cell cycle progression, we determined the expression of cyclins A and B as markers of the G2 phase and of cyclin E as the marker of G1/S transition. No increase in the steady-state levels of cyclin A or cyclin B mRNA was detected in the total cell population or in the cyclin B1 protein in the G2/M cell cycle compartment. In contrast, immunodetectable cyclin E protein was increased in cell cultures as a whole and specifically in the G2/M compartment cells. Determination of BrdU incorporation into DNA by flow cytometry showed marked inhibition of DNA replication in cells with DNA content higher than 4C, and autoradiography of 3H-TdR-pulsed cells showed that polynucleated cells did not replicate DNA after 96 h of treatment with 1,25D3 or analogs. Taken together, these experiments show that at least a portion of the G2/M compartment in 1,25D3-arrested cultures of HL60 cells represents G1 cells at a higher ploidy level, which are blocked from entering the high ploidy S phase.
 
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We examined 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D(3))-induced expression of 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3) 24-hydroxylase (CYP24) and apical calcium channel (TRPV6) mRNA levels in 2-, 9-, and 15-day cultures Caco-2 cells that model proliferating, post-proliferative, and differentiated enterocytes. 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced (10 nM, 8 h) CYP24 and TRPV6 mRNA levels were significantly greater in differentiated and post-proliferative than proliferating Caco-2 cells (>16X and >3X, respectively). Neither CYP24 mRNA half-life nor induction of a -298 bp rat CYP24 promoter-luciferase reporter construct (10 nM 1,25(OH)(2)D(3), 24 h) were different between proliferating and post-proliferating Caco-2 cells. We next tested whether the blunted response of natural genes to 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) in proliferating Caco-2 cells is due to altered chromatin remodeling. VDR and coactivator protein levels do not increase with differentiation but the level of the co-repressor Alien falls by 50% with differentiation. Over-expression of Alien reduced 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced activity of a minimal VDRE containing promoter-luciferase construct by more than 60% in differentiated Caco-2 cells while siRNA knockdown of Alien in proliferating Caco-2 cells increased 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced CYP24 mRNA level by 40%. These observations suggest that Alien is a regulator of VDR-mediated gene transcription in Caco-2 cells. In addition, we found that 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced association of VDR with chromatin and with the CYP24 promoter was lower in proliferating cells. This suggests that decreased recruitment of VDR to vitamin D response elements also contributes to the blunted transcriptional responsiveness to 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) in proliferating Caco-2 cells.
 
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Exposure of leukemia cells to the physiologically active form of vitamin D3, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3) normalizes their phenotype to cells that resemble mature monocytes. One of the earliest detectable events in this process is an upregulation of the nuclear receptor for 1,25D3, the vitamin D receptor (nVDR). In contrast, the novel analog of 1,25D3, 1,25-dihydroxy-5,6 trans-16-ene-vitamin D3 (5,6-16D3), which has recently been reported to have low calcium-mobilizing activity in vivo, rapidly induced the expression of CD14, CD11b, and monocyte-specific esterase (MSE), classical markers of the mature monocyte, but upregulated nVDR expression less than 1,25D3. This upregulation was shown to be the result of altered degradation of the nVDR protein, while the levels of nVDR mRNA were constant. Knock-out of nVDR transcriptional activity by a decoy VDRE double-stranded deoxyoligonucleotide, markedly abrogated 1,25D3-induced differentiation, but incompletely inhibited 5,6-16D3-induced differentiation. These findings suggest that the unique ability of 5,6-16D3 to induce cell differentiation but not systemic hypercalcemia, may be due to the activation of pathways which initiate differentiation independently of nVDR.
 
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1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3] has been proposed as a physiologic regulator of keratinocyte growth and differentiation. Utilizing a proliferative serum-free culture system, we have found that a physiologic (picomolar) concentrations this hormone stimulated proliferation of primary mouse epidermal keratinocytes; at higher (nanomolar to micromolar) doses, growth was inhibited by 1,25(OH)2D3. We investigated the nature of the signal transduction mechanism underlying the response to 1,25(OH)2D3 and observed little or no effect of either low or high concentrations of the hormone on cytosolic calcium levels or Fos expression. Furthermore, the protein kinase C inhibitor, Ro 31-7549, had very little effect on the growth inhibition induced by a high dose (1 microM) of 1,25(OH)2D3. This lack of rapid signal transduction events was consistent with the inability of a short (4-hour) exposure to 1,25(OH)2D3 to initiate a complete growth-inhibitory response as measured using [3H]thymidine incorporation. Our results indicate that physiologic concentrations of 1,25(OH)2D3 are required for optimal keratinocyte growth. Furthermore, we found no evidence of rapid effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 and suggest that in mouse epidermal keratinocytes, the response to this hormone is mediated by a slow transduction pathway, such as that activated by the intracellular 1,25(OH)2D3 receptor (VDR).
 
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Activator protein-1 (AP-1) complex plays a central role in the regulation of both growth and differentiation in many cell types. Monocytic differentiation of HL-60 cells by TPA (12-0-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate) has been reported to be paralleled by increased AP-1 binding to DNA and by elevated c-jun expression, suggesting transcriptional level of control. We show that two forms of AP-1 complex, designated AP-1/1 and AP-1/2, can be demonstrated in logarithmically growing HL-60 cells, that the exposure of these cells to 10(-8) M 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) results in increased binding of these complexes to the AP-1 DNA element, and that the AP-1 complex can be resolved into at least three forms in differentiated cells. Binding to, or competition with, a mutated form of the AP-1 binding site shows that the most slowly migrating complex (AP-1/3) binds to DNA with greater specificity than do complexes AP-1/1 and AP-1/2, while antibody inhibition and binding studies performed at 37 degrees C indicate that jun proteins predominate in AP-1/2 complexes. Exposure of extracts from differentiated, but not untreated, HL-60 cells to 2 mM ATP increases the prominence of AP-1/3 complexes, and reduces the DNA binding of AP-1/1 complexes. Treatment of the extracts with phosphatases abolishes the binding of AP-1/2 and AP-1/3 to DNA, and increases the binding intensity of AP-1/1. When extracts from differentiated cells are mixed with extracts from undifferentiated cells the AP-1/3 complexes become less prominent, suggesting than an inhibitory activity in undifferentiated cells prevents the formation of AP-1/3 complexes. These studies show the association of multiple forms of AP-1 complex with the mature monocytic phenotype, and suggest several levels of control of monocytic differentiation.
 
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The replication of several human and animal cancer cell lines is regulated in vitro and in vivo by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3], the hormonally active form of vitamin D3. We have examined the effects of concentrations of 1,25-(OH)2D3, which inhibit cellular replication, on the cell-cycle kinetics of a 1,25-(OH)2D3-responsive human breast cancer cell line, T 47D. After 6 or 7 days of treatment, a time period representing approximately five cell population doublings of control cultures, concentrations of 1,25-(OH)2D3 in the range 10⁻⁹ M to 10⁻⁶ M caused a time- and concentration-dependent decrease in cell numbers. Treatment of cells growing in charcoal-treated fetal calf serum with 10⁻⁸ M 1,25-(OH)2D3 for 6 days reduced cell numbers to 49% ± 9% (n = 9) of control, and this was associated with a marked increase in the proportion of cells in the G2 + M phase of the cell cycle from 9.7% ± 0.5% (n = 11) to 19.6% ± 2.3% (n = 9), significant by paired analysis (P > 0.002). At higher concentrations of 1,25-(OH)2D3 (10⁻⁷ −10⁻⁶ M), there was a concentration-dependent decline in S phase and increases in both Go/G1 and G2 + M phase cells.
 
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We are interested in determining the signaling pathways for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D)-induced differentiation of HL60 leukemic cells. One possible candidate is Raf-1, which is known to signal cell proliferation and neoplastic transformation through MEK, ERK, and downstream targets. It can also participate in the regulation of cell survival and various forms of cell differentiation, though the precise pathways are less well delineated. Here we report that Raf-1 has a role in monocytic differentiation of human myeloid leukemia HL60, which is not mediated by MEK and ERK, but likely by direct interaction with p90RSK. Specifically, we show that Raf-1 and p90RSK are increasingly activated in the later stages of differentiation of HL60 cells, at the same time as activation of MEK and ERK is decreasing. Transfection of a wild-type Raf-1 construct enhances 1,25D-induced differentiation, while antisense Raf-1 or short interfering (si) Raf-1 reduces 1,25D-induced differentiation. In contrast, antisense oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) and siRNAs to MEK or ERK have no detectable effect on differentiation. In late stage differentiating cells Raf-1 and p90RSK are found as a complex, and inhibition of Raf-1, but not MEK or ERK expression reduces the levels of phosphorylated p90 RSK. These findings support the thesis that Raf-1 signals cell proliferation and cell differentiation through different intermediary proteins.
 
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The effects of hormonal modulators of osteoblast function, parathyroid hormone, 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) and prostaglandins on [Ca(2+)](i) in periosteal-derived osteoblasts from rat femurs have been investigated. Our results show that application of parathyroid hormone PTH (10(-5) M) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) (4 microM) result in a rapid heterogeneous elevation in [Ca(2+)](i) that, in the case of PTH, is dependent on both extracellular and intracellular sources of calcium. Variable responses to treatments have been found within populations of cells. The PGE(2) response is dose dependent. Treatment with 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) (10(-8) M) induces a brief (60-90 sec) elevation in [Ca(2+)](i) that is almost totally abolished in EGTA-buffered Ca(2+)-free medium. Interactive effects of multiple hormone treatments have been observed. Pretreatment with 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) results in near-total inhibition of the PTH and PGE(2) responses. In conclusion, modulation of [Ca(2+)](i) appears to play a role not only in the direct effects of osteotropic hormones on osteoblasts but also in the synergistic and antagonistic effects between circulating hormones.
 
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Our laboratory has recently demonstrated that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3(1,25(OH)2D3) rapidly stimulated membrane polyphosphoinositide breakdown and increased intracellular calcium, as well as activated protein kinase C (PKC) in vitamin D-sufficient rat colonocytes. These effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 were, however, lost in vitamin D-insufficient rats and restored by the in vivo repletion of 1,25(OH)2D3. In the present studies we have examined the ability of 1,25(OH)2D3 to stimulate the phosphorylation of colonic membrane proteins in intact D-sufficient cells. In addition, we investigated the effects of vitamin D status on the phosphorylation of these membrane proteins in broken cell preparations. These studies demonstrated that 1,25(OH)2D3 increased the phosphorylation of at least two colonic membrane proteins with apparent molecular weights of 42,000 (pp42) and 48,000 (pp48) in intact cells of vitamin D-sufficient rats. Moreover, in vitamin D-sufficient rats, treatment of colonocytes with 1,25(OH)2D3 or 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA), a known activator of PKC, significantly increased the phosphorylation of pp42 and pp48 in broken cell preparations. The kinetics of these phosphorylations in response to 1,25(OH)2D3 were both rapid and transient. In addition, PKC19-36, a specific PKC inhibitor, decreased the phosphorylation of pp42 and pp48, whereas okadaic acid (OA), a type 1 and 2A protein phosphatase inhibitor, further augmented their phosphorylation in response to 1,25(OH)2D3. The isoelectric points of pp42 and pp48 were 5.79 and 5.97, respectively, and both were predominantly phosphorylated on threonine residues. In contrast to our findings in colonocytes from vitamin D-sufficient animals, basal phosphorylation of pp42 and pp48 were increased in membranes prepared from vitamin D-insufficient rats. Moreover, these phosphorylations failed to change in response to 1,25(OH)2D3-treatment of colonocytes from vitamin D-insufficient rats. The basal phosphorylation of each of these proteins was restored to control levels, as was their ability to respond to the direct addition of 1,25(OH)2D3 following the in vivo repletion of vitamin D-insufficient rats with this secosteroid. In summary, we have identified two acidic membrane proteins from rat colonocytes that are phosphorylated in both intact and broken cell preparations in response to 1,25(OH)2D3 treatment, an event modulated by vitamin D status and mediated, at least in part, by PKC.
 
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Vitamin D derivatives have demonstrated anti-cancer activity, but their clinical use is precluded by hypercalcemia. Previously, we found that carnosic acid potentiates differentiation of human leukemia cells induced by low concentrations of 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25D(3)). In this study, we investigated if this effect is a general property of antioxidants, and whether there is a common mechanism whereby antioxidants potentiate monocytic differentiation. We found that all antioxidants tested enhanced differentiation-related cell cycle arrest induced by a low (1 nM) concentration of 1,25D(3). Addition of antioxidants to 1,25D(3) activated the JNK pathway as indicated by increased phosphorylation of c-jun and ATF-2, although each compound alone had a minimal effect. Antioxidants also enhanced the 1,25D(3)-induced AP-1 DNA binding and transactivation ability. Expression of Egr-1 and c-fos was increased by combinations of antioxidants and 1,25D(3), in parallel with the activation of the JNK pathway. The potentiation of differentiation by antioxidants was inhibited by JNK inhibitor SP600125 and a dominant negative JNK 1/2 construct, and Egr-1 and c-fos expression was proportionally decreased, suggesting that JNK pathway regulates these transcription factors. While potentiating the prodifferentiation effect of 1,25D(3), antioxidants did not promote the elevation of basal levels of intracellular calcium by 1,25D(3). The results indicate that JNK-AP1 pathway has an important role in the potentiation of 1,25D(3)-induced differentiation by antioxidants, and regulates expression of Egr-1 and c-fos. Combinations of antioxidants with 1,25D(3) should be further evaluated for use in cancer chemoprevention and therapy.
 
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We examined the role of the extracellular signal regulated kinases (ERK) in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D(3))-induced gene expression in the differentiated Caco-2 cells. 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-regulated expression of the 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 24-hydroxylase (CYP24) gene (both natural gene and promoter construct) was strongly modulated by altering ERK activity (i.e., reduced by MEK inhibitors and dominant negative (dn) ERK1 and ERK2, activated by epidermal growth factor) but ERK inhibition had no effect on 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-regulated expression of the transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily V, member 6 (TRPV6). ERK5-mediated phosphorylation of the transcription factor Ets-1 enhanced 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-mediated CYP24 gene transcription in proliferating but not differentiated Caco-2 cells due to reduced levels of ERK5 and Ets-1 (total and phosphoprotein levels) in differentiated cells. MEK inhibition reduced 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced 3X-VDRE promoter activity but had no impact on the association of vitamin D receptor (VDR) with chromatin suggesting a role for co-activator recruitment in ERK-modulation of vitamin D-regulated CYP24 gene activation. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays revealed that the ERK1/2 target, mediator 1 (MED1), is recruited to the CYP24, but not the TRPV6, promoter following 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) treatment. MED1 phosphorylation was sensitive to activators and inhibitors of the ERK1/2 signaling and MED1 siRNA reduced 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-regulated human CYP24 promoter activity. This suggests ERK1/2 signaling enhances 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) effects on the CYP24 promoter by MED1-mediated events. Our data show that there are both promoter-specific and cell stage-specific roles for the ERK signaling pathway on 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-mediated gene induction in enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells.
 
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The effect of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) on DNA fragmentation, altered expression of the heat shock protein (hsp) 70 gene, and protooncogenes c-myc and c-myb was studied during chemical induction of erythroid differentiation in K562 cells. Preincubation of K562 cells with 1,25(OH)2D3 did not alter the concentration of hemoglobin in cells which did differentiate, but led to a reduction in the accumulation of low molecular weight DNA generated by Ara-C administration. The extent of this reduction was similar to the degree of inhibition of hemoglobin formation in the culture as the whole. Preincubation with 1,25(OH)2D3 had no effect on the increase of hsp 70 gene expression induced by a 48-hr treatment with Ara-C, but prevented the Ara-C-induced down-regulation of the protooncogene c-myc. The protooncogene c-myb was down-regulated after 15 min of treatment with Ara-C, and exposure to 1,25(OH)2D3 prior to Ara-C caused a further down-regulation of its expression. The data suggest that the events associated with erythroid differentiation may be separable into at least two groups; one of these may have an influence on the kinetics of the cell cycle traverse, and the other may be related to the expression of the erythroid phenotype.
 
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The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is expressed in human adipocytes and is transiently induced during early adipogenesis in mesenchymal progenitor cell models. VDR null mice exhibit enhanced energy expenditure and reduced adiposity even when fed high fat diets. Adipocyte-specific transgenic-expression of human VDR in mice enhances adipose tissue mass, indicating that VDR activation in adipocytes enhances lipid storage in vivo. In these studies we conducted genomic profiling and differentiation assays in primary cultures of human adipose-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells to define the role of the VDR and its ligand 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D) in adipogenesis. In the presence of adipogenic media, 1,25D promoted lipid accumulation and enhanced the expression of FABP4, FASN and PPARγ. Mesenchymal cells derived from 6-month old VDR null mice exhibited impaired adipogenesis ex vivo but differentiation was restored by stable expression of human VDR. STEAP4, a gene that encodes a metalloreductase linked to obesity, insulin sensitivity, metabolic homeostasis and inflammation, was highly induced in human adipose cells differentiated in the presence of 1,25D but was minimally affected by 1,25D in undifferentiated precursors. These studies provide a molecular basis for recent epidemiological associations between vitamin D status, body weight and insulin resistance which may have relevance for prevention or treatment of metabolic syndrome and obesity. J. Cell. Physiol. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
 
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The murine myelomonocytic leukemia cell line WEHI-3B D+, which differentiates in response to granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), can also be induced to differentiate into monocyte-macrophages by phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) treatment, whereas the WEHI-3B D- subline, which is unresponsive to G-CSF and PMA, can be induced to differentiate to granulocytes as well as monocytes by 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol [1,25-(OH)2 D3], the biologically active metabolite of vitamin D3. A newly developed variant of the WEHI-3B D+ line, named WEHI-3B D+ G, which was responsive to G-CSF but not to PMA, was also differentiated to granulocytes by 1,25-(OH)2 D3. Although vitamin D3 has been reported to induce macrophage differentiation in responsive tumor cells, this is the first demonstration that 1,25-(OH)2 D3 can induce granulocyte differentiation. In both differentiation pathways, cessation of cellular proliferation accompanies changes in morphologic and cytochemical properties of the cells. This suggests that leukemic cell lines unresponsive to differentiation agents acting at the cell surface retain their ability to differentiate in response to agents that do not act via the plasma membrane such as 1,25-(OH)2 D3, which has cytosolic/nuclear receptors. Vitamin D3 could act through different cellular pathways inducing differentiation or by bypassing only the first step of a common differentiation cascade used by agents with cell surface receptors such as CSF. These results suggest that low doses of 1,25-(OH)2 D3 may be useful in combination with hemopoietic growth factors (CSFs) as therapeutic agent to induce leukemic cell differentiation in vivo.
 
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The activity of kinase suppressor of ras (KSR), a kinase or a molecular scaffold upstream from Raf-1, is involved in the MEK/ERK MAP kinase cascade which can signal cell growth, survival, or differentiation, depending on the cellular context. We provide evidence here that KSR is upregulated in HL60 cells undergoing differentiation induced by low (0.3-3 nM) concentrations of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25D(3)), and an antisense oligo (AS), but not a sense oligo, to KSR inhibits this differentiation. The inhibition of differentiation by AS-KSR oligo was less apparent when the concentration of 1,25D(3) was increased, suggesting that at the higher concentrations of 1,25D(3) KSR is not essential for the signaling of the differentiated phenotype. The reduced differentiation of HL60 cells exposed to AS-KSR was paralleled by reduced phosphorylation of Raf-1 Ser 259, and of p90RSK, used here as read-out for MAPK cascade activity. Conversely, ectopic expression of Flag-tagged wild type KSR potentiated the differentiation-inducing effects of low concentrations of 1,25D(3). Additional data suggest that the kinase activity of KSR is required for these effects, as transfection of a kinase inactive KSR construct did not significantly increase the 1,25D(3)-induced differentiation. Enzyme assays performed with KSR immunoprecipitated from 1,25D(3)-treated cells showed kinase activity when recombinant Raf-1 was used as the substrate, but not when the 1,25D(3)-treated cells were pretreated with AS-KSR oligos. Taken together, these data suggest that KSR participates in signaling of monocytic differentiation by augmenting the strength of the signal transmitted through Raf-1 to downstream targets.
 
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The effects of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25-(OH)2D3) (10(-13)M-10(-8) M) and 24R ,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol ( 24R ,25-(OH)2D3) (10(-12)M-10(-7) M) on cell proliferation and proteoglycan deposition were examined in our newly developed multilayer culture system for rabbit and human articular chondrocytes. The cells are embedded in an extracellular matrix similar to that seen in vivo and maintain their in vivo phenotype. We extracted and purified native proteoglycans and degraded material from three culture compartments: the medium, intercellular matrix, and cells. Proteoglycan synthesis and deposition were analyzed by measuring 35SO4 incorporation, hexuronic acid, and galactose contents. In both rabbit and human chondrocyte cultures, chronic 1,25-(OH)2D3 treatment inhibited chondrocyte proliferation and stimulated proteoglycan synthesis and accumulation in the three compartments at 10(-12)-10(-8) M; maximal effect was at 10(-10)M. Cell proliferation was reduced by 55% and the content of hexuronic acid (or galactose) was increased to about three times that of controls in all compartments. 1,25-(OH)2D3 did not alter the proteoglycan composition. Chronic 24R ,25-(OH)2D3 treatment induced comparable effects with a maximum at 10(-8)M. When human dermal fibroblasts were treated as above both vitamin D metabolites increase mitosis. 1,25-(OH)2D3 mainly reduced the pericellular deposition of proteoglycans, while 24R ,25-(OH)2D3 appeared to reduce their synthesis and deposition in both medium and pericellular compartments. These results suggest that both 1,25-(OH)2D3 and 24R ,25-(OH)2D3 act specifically on articular chondrocytes to promote phenotype expression.
 
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Treatment of avian myelomonocytic cells with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) results in an approximately two fold increase in levels of Na,K-ATPase beta 1 subunit mRNA and protein (both total and plasma membrane-associated). The changes in beta 1 subunit expression occur in the absence of a detectable increase in expression of any of the three alpha subunit isoforms or in Na,K-ATPase activity. The selective induction of the expression of the beta subunit in avian myelomonocytic cells by 1,25(OH)2D3 reveals a previously unobserved feature of the regulation of Na,K-ATPase expression, while the targeting of beta subunit polypeptides to the plasma membrane in the absence of a corresponding increase in active Na,K-ATPase suggests that, in these cells, transport of the beta subunit to the plasma membrane may be independent of its binding to the alpha subunit.
 
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