Vitamin D Receptor Regulates Amyloid Beta 1-42 Production with Protein Disulfide Isomerase A3

Gezen-Ak D., Atasoy I. L. , Candas E., Alaylioglu M., Yilmazer S., Dursun E.

ACS CHEMICAL NEUROSCIENCE, vol.8, no.10, pp.2335-2346, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00245
  • Page Numbers: pp.2335-2346


The challenge of understanding the biology of neuronal amyloid processing could provide a basis for understanding the amyloid pathology in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Based on our previous studies, we have suggested that AD might be the consequence of a hormonal imbalance in which the critical hormone is vitamin D. The present study primarily focused on the creation of a condition that prevents the genomic or nongenomic action of vitamin D by disrupting vitamin D receptors (VDR or PDIA3/1,25MARRS); the effects of these disruptions on the series of proteins involved in secretases that play a crucial role in amyloid pathology and on amyloid beta (A beta) production in primary cortical neurons were observed. VDR and PDIA3/1,25MARRS genes were silenced separately or simultaneously in E16 primary rat cortical neurons. The expression of target genes involved in APP processing, including Presenilinl, Presenilin2, Nicastrin, BACE1, ADAM10, and APP, was investigated with qRT-PCR and Western blot in this model. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D-3 treatments were used to verify any transcriptional regulation data gathered from siRNA treatments by determining the mRNA expression of the target genes. Immunofluorescence labeling was used for the verification of silencing experiments and intracellular A beta 1-42 production. Extracellular A beta 1-42 level was assessed with ELISA. mRNA and protein expression results showed that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D-3 might affect the transcriptional regulation of the genes involved in APP processing. The intracellular and extracellular A beta 1-42 measurements in our study support this suggestion. Consequently, we suggest that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D-3 and its receptors are important parts of the amyloid processing pathway in neurons.