The classic receptor for 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 is required for non-genomic actions of 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 in osteosarcoma cells

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Cell Biology

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Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 has a major role in the regulation of the bone metabolism as it promotes the expression of key bone-related proteins in osteoblastic cells. In recent years it has become increasingly evident that in addition to its well-established genomic actions, 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 induces non-genomic responses by acting through a specific plasma membrane-associated receptor. Results from several groups suggest that the classical nuclear 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) is also responsible for these non-genomic actions of 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3. Here, we have used siRNA to suppress the expression of VDR in osteoblastic cells and assessed the role of VDR in the non-genomic response to 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3. We report that expression of the classic VDR in osteoblasts is required to generate a rapid 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3-mediated increase in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, a hallmark of the non-genomic actions of 1alpha,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 in these cells.

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J Cell Biochem. 2006 Nov 1;99(4):995-1000. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of cellular biochemistry

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