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We have previously demonstrated that 1α,25 dihydroxy-vitamin D(3) (1α,25(OH)(2)D(3)) has antiproliferative effects on the growth of endothelial cells transformed by the viral G protein-coupled receptor associated to Kaposi sarcoma (vGPCR). In this work, we have investigated whether 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3) exerts its growth inhibitory effects by inhibiting the Nuclear Factor κ B (NFκB) pathway which is highly activated by vGPCR. Cell proliferation studies demonstrated that 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3), similarly to bortezomib, a proteosome inhibitor that suppresses the activation of NFκB, reduced the proliferation of endothelial cells transformed by vGPCR (SVEC-vGPCR). The activity of NFκB in these cells decreased by 70% upon 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3) treatment. Furthermore, time and dose response studies showed that the hormone significantly decreased NFκB and increased IκBα mRNA and protein levels in SVEC-vGPCR cells, whereas in SVEC only IκBα increased significantly. Moreover, NFκB translocation to the nucleus was inhibited and occurred by a mechanism independent of NFκB association with vitamin D(3) receptor (VDR). 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced increase in IκBα required de novo protein synthesis, and was independent of MAPK and PI3K/Akt pathways. Altogether, these results suggest that down-regulation of the NFκB pathway is part of the mechanism involved in the antiproliferative effects of 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3) on endothelial cells transformed by vGPCR. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Verónica Gonzalez-Pardo, Noelia D'Elia, Annemieke Verstuyf, Ricardo Boland, Ana Russo de Boland. NFκB pathway is down-regulated by 1α,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) in endothelial cells transformed by Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus G protein coupled receptor. Steroids. 2012 Sep;77(11):1025-32

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