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The effects of six natural vitamin D metabolites of potential biological and therapeutic interest, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-(OH)2D3), 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OH-D3), 24R,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (24R,25-(OH)2D3), 1,24R,25-trihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,24R,25-(OH)3D3), 25S,26-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (25S,26-(OH)2D3) and 1,25S,26-trihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25S,26-(OH)3D3) on cell replication and expression of the osteoblastic phenotype in terms of osteocalcin production were examined in cultured human bone cells. At a dose of 5 X 10(-12) mol/1, 1,25-(OH)2D3 stimulated cell proliferation, whereas at higher doses (5 X 10(-9)-5 X 10(-6) mol/1) cell growth was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner. The same pattern of effects was seen for the other metabolites in a rank order of potency: 1,25-(OH)2D3 greater than 1,25S,26-(OH)3D3 = 1,24R,25-(OH)3D3 greater than 25S,26-(OH)2D3 = 24R,25-(OH)2D3 = 25-OH-D3. Synthesis of osteocalcin was induced by 1,25-(OH)2D3 in doses similar to those required to inhibit cell proliferation. Biphasic responses were observed for some of the metabolites in terms of osteocalcin synthesis, inhibitory effects becoming apparent at 5 X 10(-6) mol/1. The cells did not secrete osteocalcin spontaneously. These results indicate that vitamin D metabolites may regulate growth and expression of differentiated functions of normal human osteoblasts.

Original publication




Journal article


J endocrinol

Publication Date





391 - 396


24,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D 3, Calcifediol, Calcitriol, Calcium-Binding Proteins, Cell Division, Dihydroxycholecalciferols, Humans, Hydroxycholecalciferols, In Vitro Techniques, Osteoblasts, Osteocalcin, Vitamin D