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HIF1α stabilization in hypoxia is not oxidant-initiated

Amit Kumar, Manisha Vaish, Saravanan S Karuppagounder, Irina Gazaryan, John W Cave, Anatoly A Starkov, Elizabeth T Anderson, Sheng Zhang, John T Pinto, Austin M Rountree, Wang Wang, Ian R Sweet, Rajiv R Ratan
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Elife. 2021 Oct 1;10:e72873. doi: 10.7554/eLife.72873.
PMID: 34596045 | DOI: 10.7554/eLife.72873
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Hypoxic adaptation mediated by HIF transcription factors requires mitochondria, which have been implicated in regulating HIF1α stability in hypoxia by distinct models that involve consuming oxygen or alternatively converting oxygen into the second messenger peroxide. Here, we use a ratiometric, peroxide reporter, HyPer to evaluate the role of peroxide in regulating HIF1α stability. We show that antioxidant enzymes are neither homeostatically induced nor are peroxide levels increased in hypoxia. Additionally, forced expression of diverse antioxidant enzymes, all of which diminish peroxide, had disparate effects on HIF1α protein stability. Moreover, decrease in lipid peroxides by glutathione peroxidase-4 or superoxide by mitochondrial SOD, failed to influence HIF1α protein stability. These data show that mitochondrial, cytosolic or lipid ROS were not necessary for HIF1α stability, and favor a model where mitochondria contribute to hypoxic adaptation as oxygen consumers.


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