Vitamin D Hydroxylating Enzymes and Analogues in Parathyroid Tumors and Breast Cancer

by Segersten, Ulrika

Abstract (Summary)
In hyperparathyroidism (HPT) raised serum concentrations of ionized calcium is caused by increased secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) by parathyroid tumors. Active vitamin D, 1?,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, is known to suppress PTH secretion and to reduce proliferation of parathyroid tumor cells.The aim of this thesis was to examine expression of vitamin D hydroxylating enzymes, regulating the activation and inactivation of vitamin D and to study effects of vitamin D analogues, in parathyroid tumors and breast cancer.The vitamin D activating enzyme, CYP27B1/25-hydroxyvitamin D3 1?-hydroxylase (1?-hydroxylase) and the vitamin D inactivating enzyme CYP24A1/25-hydroxyvitamin D3 24-hydroxylase (24-hydroxylase) were expressed in parathyroid tumors and breast cancer. The parathyroid tumors had raised expression levels of 1?-hydroxylase and reduced levels of 24-hydroxylase in comparison to normal parathyroid glands, indicating ability for endogenous activation of vitamin D. The expression of 1?-hydroxylase may be of therapeutic advantage for local activation of non-1?-hydroxylated vitamin D analogues in tumor cells, thereby reducing unwanted hypercalcemic effects. Three of five selected low calcemic vitamin D analogues had as efficient PTH suppressing effect, in bovine parathyroid cells, as three vitamin D analogues used clinically for treatment of secondary HPT.The non-1?-hydroxylated vitamin D analogue EB1285 showed antiproliferative and PTH suppressive effects as well as transcriptional activity in parathyroid and breast tumor cells, respectively.Ketoconazole, an inhibitor of vitamin D hydroxylating enzymes, suppressed PTH secretion and potentiated the effect of vitamin D analogues. Combined treatment with vitamin D analogues and specific 24-hydroxylase inhibitors may be important for future therapy.
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School:Uppsala universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Surgery; Surgery; hyperparathyroidism; breast cancer; vitamin D; CYP27B1; CYP24A1; vitamin D analogues; ketoconazole; vitamin D receptor; Kirurgi; kirurgi; Surgery


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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