1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 inhibits the clonogenic growth of transformed cells via its receptor

C. A. Haussler, S. L. Marion, J. W. Pike, M. R. Haussler

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Anchorage-independent growth in soft agar is a unique property of transformed cells which is known to be correlated with tumorigenicity. We report here that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 suppresses colony formation by a number of cultured cancer cell lines in soft agar in a dose dependent manner with an ID50 of 5-7 × 10-10M. This effect is also achieved with analogues of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 in accordance with their binding affinity for the hormone's receptor. Only cells with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 receptor protein are inhibited in their colony formation by vitamin D analogs indicating that the hormone receptor complex may be integrally involved in the in vitro suppression of the anchorage-independent phenotype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-143
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 29 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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