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      Calcitriol induces cell senescence of kidney cancer through JMJD3 mediated histone demethylation

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          Calcitriol, also known as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH) 2VD 3), is a biologically active form of vitamin D and has a wide range of anticancer activity against various cancer cell lines. However, the mechanism of calcitriol remains to be further studied. In this study, the biological effect and epigenetic regulation of calcitriol on kidney cancer cells were investigated. Calcitriol can significantly inhibit cell proliferation of kidney cancer cell lines 786-O ( P<0.05). Calcitriol also induced cell apoptosis and senescence of 786-O and ACHN ( P<0.05). Calcitriol can increase the expression of histone demethylase JMJD3 and cell senescence marker p16INK4A ( P<0.05). Knockdown of JMJD3 decreased p16INK4A upregulation after calcitriol treatment ( P<0.05), and also reduced calcitriol-induced cell senescence ( P<0.05). This study reveals a new mechanism of anticancer activity of calcitriol by showing that histone demethylase JMJD3 induced by calcitriol increases p16INK4A expression and cell senescence. Therefore, these results provide new strategy for treatment and prevention of kidney cancer.

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                1 Department of Urology, The Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050035, Hebei, China
                2 Department of Nursing, Hebei University of Chinese Medicine, Shijiazhuang 050020, Hebei, China
                3 State Engineering Laboratory of Medical Key Technologies Application of Synthetic Biology, Key Laboratory of Medical Reprogramming Technology, Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital, The First Affiliated Hospital of Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518035, Guangdong, China
                4 Department of Urology, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Institute of Urology of Shenzhen PKU-HKUST Medical Center, Shenzhen 518036, Guangdong, China
                5 Kidney Disease Center, The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310003, Zhejiang, China
                6 Longgang District Central Hospital, Shenzhen 518116, Guangdong, China
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                Correspondence to: Aili Zhang, z13930409899@ 123456163.com

                These authors have contributed equally to this work

                Copyright: © 2017 Shen et al.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 (CC BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

                Research Paper

                Oncology & Radiotherapy

                p16ink4a, kidney cancer, jmjd3, cell senescence, calcitriol


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