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Regulation of HIF by the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor: Implications for cellular oxygen sensing

Mole, DR; Maxwell, PH; Pugh, CW; Ratcliffe, PJ; (2001) Regulation of HIF by the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor: Implications for cellular oxygen sensing. IUBMB LIFE , 52 (1-2) 43 - 47.

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Abstract

Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) is central in coordinating many of the transcriptional adaptations to hypoxia. Composed of a heterodimer of alpha and beta subunits, the alpha subunit is rapidly degraded in normoxia, leading to inactivation of the hypoxic response. Many models for a molecular oxygen sensor regulating this system have been proposed, but an important finding has been the ability to mimic hypoxia by chelation or substitution of iron. A key insight has been the recognition that HIF-alpha is targeted for degradation by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway through binding to the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor protein (pVHL), which forms the recognition component of an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex leading to ubiquitylation of HIF-alpha. Importantly, the classical features of regulation by iron and oxygen availability are reflected in regulation of the HIF-alpha/p VHL interaction. It has recently been shown that HIF-alpha undergoes an iron- and oxygen-dependent modification before it can interact with pVHL, and that this results in hydroxylation of at least one prolyl residue (HIF-1alpha, Pro 564). This modification is catalysed by an enzyme termed HIF-prolyl hydroxylase (HIF-PH), and compatible with all previously described prolyl-4-hydroxylases HIF-PH also requires 2-oxoglutarate as a cosubstrate. The key position of this hydroxylation in the degradation pathway of HIF-alpha, together with its requirement for molecular dioxygen as a co-substrate, provides the potential for HIF-PH to function directly as a cellular oxygen sensor. However, the ability of these enzyme(s) to account for the full range of physiological regulation displayed by the HIF system remains to be defined.

Type:Article
Title:Regulation of HIF by the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor: Implications for cellular oxygen sensing
Keywords:HIF prolyl hydroxylase, hypoxia-inducible factor, oxygen, von Hippel-Lindau, INDUCIBLE FACTOR 1-ALPHA, ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH-FACTOR, ERYTHROPOIETIN GENE, SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION, DEGRADATION DOMAIN, ALPHA-SUBUNIT, HEME PROTEIN, DNA-BINDING, FACTOR-I, HYPOXIA
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Medicine (Division of)

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