RORo: And ROR 7 are expressed in human skin and serve as receptors for endogenously produced noncalcemic 20-hydroxy- and 20,23-dihydroxyvitamin D

Academic Article


  • RORa and RORy are expressed in human skin cells that produce the noncalcemic 20-hydroxyvi-tamin D3 [20(OH)D3] and 20,23-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [20,23(OH)2D3]. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably expressing a Tet-on RORa or RORy expression vector and a ROR-responsive element (RORE)-LUC reporter, and a mammalian 2-hybrid model examining the interaction between the ligand binding domain (LBD) of RORa or RORy with an LBD-interacting LXXLL-peptide, were used to study ROR-antagonist activities. These assays revealed that 20(OH)D3 and 20,23(OH)2D3 function as antagonists of RORa and RORy. Moreover, 20(OH)D3 inhibited the activation of the promoter of the Bmal1 and G6pase genes, targets of RORa, and 20(OH)D3 and 20,23(OH)2D3 inhibited Il17 promoter activity in Jurkat cells overexpressing RORa or RORy. Molecular modeling using crystal structures of the LBDs of RORa and RORy revealed docking scores for 20(OH)D3, 20, 23(OH)2D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 similar to those of the natural ligands, predicting good binding to the receptor. Notably, 20(OH)D3, 20,23(OH)2D3, and 1,25(OH)2D3 inhibited RORE-mediated activation of a reporter in keratinocytes and melanoma cells and inhibited IL-17 production by immune cells. Our study identifies a novel signaling pathway, in which 20(OH)D3 and 20,23(OH)2D3 act as antagonists or inverse agonists of RORa and RORy, that opens new possibilities for local (skin) or systemic regulation. © FASEB.
  • Published In

  • The FASEB Journal  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Slominski AT; Kim TK; Takeda Y; Janjetovic Z; Brozyna AA; Skobowiat C; Wang J; Postlethwaite A; Li W; Tuckey RC
  • Start Page

  • 2775
  • End Page

  • 2789
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 7