Hypoxia-inducible factor 1α and 1β proteins share common signaling pathways in human prostate cancer cells

Hua Zhong, Colleen Hanrahan, Henk Van der Poel, Jonathan W. Simons

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Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) is a heterodimeric transcription factor consisting α and β subunits. It is critically involved in cancer cell hypoxia adaptation, glycolysis, and angiogenesis. HIF-1β is associated with HIF-1 functions as a dimerization partner of HIF-1α, and is on the other hand associated with carcinogenesis via dioxin signaling. Regulation of HIF-1β protein expression was investigated in human prostate cancer (PCA) cells. HIF-1β protein was expressed constitutively under nonhypoxic conditions in all human PCA cells tested, and was up-regulated by hypoxia, CoCl2, EGF, serum, or PMA in moderate levels. Compared to that of HIF-1α, the constitutive, serum-, EGF-, and PMA-increased HIF-1β protein expression were also inhibited by selective PI3K or FRAP/TOR inhibitors but in higher doses. Hypoxia partially reversed the dose dependent inhibition of HIF-1β. These results suggest that HIF-1α and β share common signaling pathways for nuclear protein accumulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Angiogenesis
  • FRAP
  • Gene expression
  • HIF-1α
  • HIF-1β
  • Hypoxia
  • Neoplasms
  • Phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase
  • Prostate
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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