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See detailRegulation of gene expression by oxygen: NF-kappaB and HIF-1, two extremes.
Michiels, Carine; Minet, Emmanuel; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2002), 33(9), 1231-42

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive ... [more ▼]

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), while a decrease in oxygen concentration impairs energy availability and, hence, cell viability. Cells have developed strategies to respond to changes in oxygen tension: specific systems detect excessive ROS and hypoxia, leading to the activation of specific transcription factors and expression of appropriate target genes. The aim of this review is to describe how hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) are regulated and what could be the sensors to the changes in oxygen levels. Some of the physiological responses initiated by these transcription factors are also mentioned. [less ▲]

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See detailIs HIF-1alpha a pro- or an anti-apoptotic protein?
Piret, Jean-Pascal; Mottet, Denis ULg; Raes, Martine et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2002), 64(5-6), 889-92

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the major transcription factor specifically activated by hypoxia. It induces the expression of different genes whose products play an adaptive role for hypoxic cells ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the major transcription factor specifically activated by hypoxia. It induces the expression of different genes whose products play an adaptive role for hypoxic cells and tissues. Besides these protective responses, HIF-1 and/or hypoxia have also been shown to be either anti-apoptotic or pro-apoptotic, according to the cell type and experimental conditions. More severe or prolonged hypoxia rather induces apoptosis that is, at least in part, initiated by the direct association of HIF-1alpha and p53 and p53-induced gene expression. On the other hand, HIF-1alpha dimerized with ARNT, as an active transcription factor, can protect cells from apoptosis induced by several conditions. This review is aimed to describe the different mechanisms that account for these opposite effects of HIF-1alpha. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-directed mutagenesis studies of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha DNA-binding domain.
Michel, Gaetan; Minet, Emmanuel; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2002), 1578(1-3), 73-83

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to the hypoxia-responsive element (HRE) and up-regulates the expression of several genes (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), erythropoietin (EPO), enolase, em leader ). By molecular modeling, a 3-D model for the complex between the DNA-binding domain of HIF-1 (bHLH domain) and its consensus DNA sequence has been developed. Specific interactions between three amino acids (Ser22, Ala25, Arg30) of the HIF-1alpha subunit and DNA bases were identified. In order to further investigate the role of these amino acids, we generated four mutants of the HIF-1alpha subunit using site-directed mutagenesis. The activity of each mutant was tested using a reporter gene containing either 6 HRE sequences or the authentic human VEGF promoter. The results show that three mutants, Ala25Ser, Ala26Glu and Arg30Ala, were no longer active in the reporter gene assay. On the other hand, the Ser22Ala mutant increased the reporter gene expression, in normoxia as well as in hypoxia. These results correlate with the ones obtained when the DNA-binding capability of the mutants was assayed by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA): Arg30Ala and Ala26Glu mutants bind very weakly to HRE while the Ser22Ala mutant has the same binding capacity as the wild-type HIF-1alpha. These results bring new insights on the specificity of the protein/DNA interactions for HIF-1 towards HRE. [less ▲]

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See detailERK and calcium in activation of HIF-1.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Michel, Gaetan; Renard, Patricia et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2002), 973

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia. The oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in ... [more ▼]

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia. The oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in vivo. The mechanisms regulating HIF-1alpha protein expression have been most extensively analyzed, but the ones modulating HIF-1 transcriptional activity remain unclear. Changes in the phosphorylation and/or redox status of HIF-1alpha certainly play a role. Here, we show that ionomycin could activate HIF-1 transcriptional activity in a way that is additive to the effect of hypoxia without affecting HIF-1alpha protein level and HIF-1 DNA binding capacity. In addition, a calmodulin dominant-negative mutant as well as BAPTA, an intracellular calcium chelator, inhibited the hypoxia-induced HIF-1 activation. These results indicate that elevated calcium in hypoxia could participate in HIF-1 activation. PD98059, an inhibitor of the ERK pathway, but not KN-93, an inhibitor of calmodulin kinases II and IV, also blocked HIF-1 activation by hypoxia and by ionomycin. Altogether, these results suggest that calcium and calmodulin would act upstream of ERK in the hypoxia signal transduction pathway leading to enhanced HIF-1 transcriptional activity. [less ▲]

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See detailCoCl2, a chemical inducer of hypoxia-inducible factor-1, and hypoxia reduce apoptotic cell death in hepatoma cell line HepG2.
Piret, Jean-Pascal; Mottet, Denis ULg; Raes, Martine et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2002), 973

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the major transcription factor that is specifically activated during hypoxia. This transcription factor is composed of two subunits: HIF-1alpha and ARNT (aryl ... [more ▼]

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the major transcription factor that is specifically activated during hypoxia. This transcription factor is composed of two subunits: HIF-1alpha and ARNT (aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator). ARNT is constitutively expressed, whereas HIF-1alpha is targeted to proteasome degradation by ubiquitination during normoxia. In hypoxia, HIF-1alpha is stabilized and translocates to the nucleus, where it binds to ARNT. The active HIF-1 induces expression of various genes whose products play an adaptive role to the new conditions induced by hypoxia. Besides the role played by HIF-1 in the adaptation to hypoxia, recent data describe a possible role for HIF-1 in the modulation of apoptosis. According to some authors, hypoxia induces apoptosis. However, it has also been reported that hypoxia could protect cells against apoptotic cell death induced by various agents such as serum deprivation and incubation in the presence of chemotherapy agents. These contradictory data suggest that HIF-1 could display either a proapoptotic or an antiapoptotic role according to the conditions. In order to study how HIF-1 can modulate apoptosis, we studied whether hypoxia or cobalt chloride, a chemical inducer of HIF-1, could influence apoptosis induced by tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP), serum deprivation, or both in hepatoma cell line HepG2. HepG2 cells were incubated 8 hours under normoxia or hypoxia in the presence of t-BHP with or without CoCl2. CoCl2 reduced the apoptotic death of HepG2 cells induced by t-BHP and serum deprivation, as measured by DNA fragmentation. This effect was confirmed by measurement of the caspase activity. Moreover, hypoxia also prevented t-BHP- or serum deprivation-induced DNA fragmentation and caspase activation-however, to a lower extent than CoCl2. These different data suggest a possible antiapoptotic role of HIF-1. More experiments are needed to define if HIF-1 actually plays an active role in cell death protection and to determine the exact mechanism underlying this effect. [less ▲]

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