Nitric Oxide Induces Hypoxia-inducible Factor 1 Activation That Is Dependent on MAPK and Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Signaling

Kenji Kasuno, Satoshi Takabuchi, Kazuhiko Fukuda, Shinae Kizaka-Kondoh, Junji Yodoi, Takehiko Adachi, Gregg L. Semenza, Kiichi Hirota

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Abstract

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a master regulator of cellular adaptive responses to hypoxia. Levels of the HIF-1α subunit increase under hypoxic conditions. Exposure of cells to certain nitric oxide (NO) donors also induces HIF-1α expression under nonhypoxic conditions. We demonstrate that exposure of cells to the NO donor NOC18 or S-nitrosoglutathione induces HIF-1α expression and transcriptional activity. In contrast to hypoxia, NOC18 did not inhibit HIF-1α hydroxylation, ubiquitination, and degradation, indicating an effect on HIF-1α protein synthesis that was confirmed by pulse labeling studies. NOC18 stimulation of HIF-1α protein and HIF-1-dependent gene expression was blocked by treating cells with an inhibitor of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase or MAPK-signaling pathway. These inhibitors also blocked NOC18-induced phosphorylation of the translational regulatory proteins 4E-BP1, p70 S6 kinase, and eIF-4E, thus providing a mechanism for the modulation of HIF-1α protein synthesis. In addition, expression of a dominant-negative form of Ras significantly suppressed HIF-1 activation by NOC18. We conclude that the NO donor NOC18 induces HIF-1α synthesis under conditions of NO formation during normoxia and that hydroxylation of HIF-1α is not regulated by NOC18.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2550-2558
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume279
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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