Prodifferentiation activity of novel vitamin D2 analogs PRI-1916 and PRI-1917 and their combinations with a plant polyphenol in acute myeloid leukemia cells

Matan Nachliely, Ehud Sharony, Narasimha Rao Bolla, Andrzej Kutner, Michael Danilenko

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1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3) is a powerful differentiation inducer for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. However, 1,25D3 doses required for differentiation of AML cells may cause lethal hypercalcemia in vivo. There is evidence that vitamin D2 is less toxic than vitamin D3 in animals. Here, we determined the differentiation effects of novel analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 (1,25D2), PRI-1916 and PRI-1917, in which the extended side chains of their previously reported precursors (PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively) underwent further 24Z (24-cis) modification. Using four human AML cell lines representing different stages of myeloid maturation (KG-1a, HL60, U937, and MOLM-13), we found that the potency of PRI-1916 was slightly higher or equal to that of PRI-1906 while PRI-1917 was significantly less potent than PRI-1907. We also demonstrated that 1,25D2 was a less effective differentiation agent than 1,25D3 in these cell lines. Irrespective of their differentiation potency, all the vitamin D2 derivatives tested were less potent than 1,25D3 in transactivating the DR3-type vitamin D response elements. However, similar to 1,25D3, both 1,25D2 and its analogs could strongly cooperate with the plant polyphenol carnosic acid in inducing cell differentiation and inhibition of G1–S cell cycle transition. These results indicate that the 24Z modification has contrasting effects on the differentiation ability of PRI-1906 and PRI-1907 and that the addition of a plant polyphenol could result in a similar extent of cell differentiation induced by different vitamin D compounds. The enhanced antileukemic effects of the tested combinations may constitute the basis for the development of novel approaches for differentiation therapy of AML.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1068
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Analogs of 1α, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D
  • Carnosic acid
  • Cell cycle distribution
  • Cell differentiation
  • Retinoid X receptor
  • Vitamin D receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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