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Vol. 14, No. 4, 2001
Issue release date: July–August 2001

Tacalcitol, an Active Vitamin D3, Induces Nerve Growth Factor Production in Human Epidermal Keratinocytes

Fukuoka M. · Sakurai K. · Ohta T. · Kiyoki M. · Katayama I.
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Abstract

The human epidermal keratinocyte cell line K-TL-1, developed from a benign epidermal tumor, was cultured in the presence of the synthetic vitamin D3 analogue tacalcitol [1α,24(R)-dihydroxyvitamin D3] to assess the effects on the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). Confluent K-TL-1 cells were cultured with 10–8M of tacalcitol. Supernatants and cell homogenates were collected and NGF concentrations were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The concentration of NGF in the supernatants of cultures treated with tacalcitol peaked within 24 h after the start of tacalcitol treatment and remained stable for 96 h. This NGF induction caused by tacalcitol was dose-dependent, showing an ED50 between 10–10 and 10–9M. Induction of NGF mRNA expression by tacalcitol was also observed by RT-PCR, indicating that tacalcitol induced NGF expression through transcriptional activation. These results suggest that active vitamin D3 could treat peripheral neuropathy by inducing NGF production in the skin.



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