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1,25D3 differentially suppresses bladder cancer cell migration and invasion through the induction of miR-101-3p

Yingyu Ma _, Wei Luo, Brittany L. Bunch, Rachel N. Pratt, Donald L. Trump and Candace S. Johnson

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:60080-60093. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19629

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Yingyu Ma1, Wei Luo1, Brittany L. Bunch1, Rachel N. Pratt1, Donald L. Trump2 and Candace S. Johnson1

1 Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA

2 Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Falls Church, VA, USA

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Keywords: 1,25D3, bladder cancer, miR-101-3p, migration, invasion

Received: May 17, 2017 Accepted: July 19, 2017 Published: July 27, 2017


Metastasis is the major cause of bladder cancer death. 1,25D3, the active metabolite of vitamin D, has shown anti-metastasis activity in several cancer model systems. However, the role of 1,25D3 in migration and invasion in bladder cancer is unknown. To investigate whether 1,25D3 affects migration and invasion, four human bladder cell lines with different reported invasiveness were selected: low-invasive T24 and 253J cells and highly invasive 253J-BV and TCCSUP cells. All of the four bladder cancer cells express endogenous and inducible vitamin D receptor (VDR) as examined by immunoblot analysis. 1,25D3 had no effect on the proliferation of bladder cancer cells as assessed by MTT assay. In contrast, 1,25D3 suppressed migration and invasion in the more invasive 253J-BV and TCCSUP cells, but not in the low-invasive 253J and T24 cells using “wound” healing, chemotactic migration and Matrigel-based invasion assays. 1,25D3 promoted the expression of miR-101-3p and miR-126-3p in 253J-BV cells as examined by qRT-PCR. miR-101-3p inhibitor partially abrogated and pre-miR-101-3p further suppressed the inhibition of 1,25D3 on migration and invasion in 253J-BV cells. Further, 1,25D3 enhanced VDR recruitment to the promoter region of miR-101-3p using ChIP-qPCR assay. 1,25D3 enhanced the promoter activity of miR-101-3p as evaluated by luciferase reporter assay. Taken together, 1,25D3 suppresses bladder cancer cell migration and invasion in two invasive/migration competent lines but not in two less invasive/motile lines, which is partially through the induction of miR-101-3p expression at the transcriptional level.

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