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Regulation of hypoxia inducible factor-1α expression by the alteration of redox status in HepG2 cells.

Jin WS, Kong ZL, Shen ZF, Jin YZ, Zhang WK, Chen GF - J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res. (2011)

Bottom Line: To further confirm the effect of intracellular redox status on HIF-1α expression, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was added to culture cells for 8 h before the hypoxia treatment.The results showed that BSO pretreatment down-regulated HIF-1α and the effect was concentration-dependent, on the other hand, the increases of intracellular GSH contents by NAC could partly elevate the levels of HIF-1α expression.The levels of P-Gp (MDR-1) and EPO were concomitant with the trend of HIF-1α expression.

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Affiliation: Teaching & Research Section of Nuclear Medicine, An-hui Medical University, Hefei, China. wensenjn@139.com

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Hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) has been considered as a critical transcriptional factor in response to hypoxia. It can increase P-glycoprotein (P-Gp) thus generating the resistant effect to chemotherapy. At present, the mechanism regulating HIF-1α is still not fully clear in hypoxic tumor cells. Intracellular redox status is closely correlated with hypoxic micro-environment, so we investigate whether alterations in the cellular redox status lead to the changes of HIF-1α expression. HepG2 cells were exposed to Buthionine sulphoximine (BSO) for 12 h prior to hypoxia treatment. The level of HIF-1α expression was measured by Western blot and immunocytochemistry assays. Reduce glutathione (GSH) concentrations in hypoxic cells were determined using glutathione reductase/5,5'-dithiobis-(2-nitrob-enzoic acid) (DTNB) recycling assay. To further confirm the effect of intracellular redox status on HIF-1α expression, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was added to culture cells for 8 h before the hypoxia treatment. The levels of multidrug resistance gene-1 (MDR-1) and erythropoietin (EPO) mRNA targeted by HIF-1α in hypoxic cells were further determined with RT-PCR, and then the expression of P-Gp protein was observed by Western blotting. The results showed that BSO pretreatment down-regulated HIF-1α and the effect was concentration-dependent, on the other hand, the increases of intracellular GSH contents by NAC could partly elevate the levels of HIF-1α expression. The levels of P-Gp (MDR-1) and EPO were concomitant with the trend of HIF-1α expression. Therefore, our data indicate that the changes of redox status in hypoxic cells may regulate HIF-1α expression and provide valuable information on tumor chemotherapy.

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The changes of EPO expressions by RT-PCR measurement. Letter N means the cells under normoxic condition; Letter H means the cells under hypoxic condition: (A) The representative gel picture was taken from three separate RT-PCR experiments. (B) Compared with hypoxic control, the analysis of relative densities showed that there was statistical difference the experimental cells by 100 and 200 μM BSO pretreatment respectively (#p < 0.01). After NAC incubation, the expression of EPO was elevated again, and there were significant difference between the group with 100 μM NAC treatment and that without NAC treatment (▲P < 0.01).
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Figure 6: The changes of EPO expressions by RT-PCR measurement. Letter N means the cells under normoxic condition; Letter H means the cells under hypoxic condition: (A) The representative gel picture was taken from three separate RT-PCR experiments. (B) Compared with hypoxic control, the analysis of relative densities showed that there was statistical difference the experimental cells by 100 and 200 μM BSO pretreatment respectively (#p < 0.01). After NAC incubation, the expression of EPO was elevated again, and there were significant difference between the group with 100 μM NAC treatment and that without NAC treatment (▲P < 0.01).

Mentions: The levels of MDR-1 and EPO transcription were detected through semi-quantitative RT-PCR. The results displayed that the levels of MDR-1 and EPO mRNA were declined in hypoxic cells when BSO concentration was at 50 μM, but it wasn't shown that there was a statistical significance at the MDR-1 and EPO mRNA of 50 μM BSO pretreatment compared with those of the hypoxic control. Concomitant with the increases of BSO concentrations, the levels of MDR-1 and EPO mRNA in hypoxic cells were gradually decreased. And then the inhibitory effects on MDR-1 and EPO mRNA, BSO concentrations reaching at 100 μM and 200 μM respectively, were shown statistical differences. Meanwhile, NAC could reduce the inhibition of BSO to MDR-1 and EPO mRNA. Furthermore, the expression of P-gp by MDR-1 translation, tested with western blotting, was also confirmed with the change of MDR-1 mRNA. Above experimental results were displayed in Figure 5 and Figure 6. It is therefore clear that redox micro-environment may influence the levels of target genes located at the downstream of HIF-1.


Regulation of hypoxia inducible factor-1α expression by the alteration of redox status in HepG2 cells.

Jin WS, Kong ZL, Shen ZF, Jin YZ, Zhang WK, Chen GF - J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res. (2011)

The changes of EPO expressions by RT-PCR measurement. Letter N means the cells under normoxic condition; Letter H means the cells under hypoxic condition: (A) The representative gel picture was taken from three separate RT-PCR experiments. (B) Compared with hypoxic control, the analysis of relative densities showed that there was statistical difference the experimental cells by 100 and 200 μM BSO pretreatment respectively (#p < 0.01). After NAC incubation, the expression of EPO was elevated again, and there were significant difference between the group with 100 μM NAC treatment and that without NAC treatment (▲P < 0.01).
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Figure 6: The changes of EPO expressions by RT-PCR measurement. Letter N means the cells under normoxic condition; Letter H means the cells under hypoxic condition: (A) The representative gel picture was taken from three separate RT-PCR experiments. (B) Compared with hypoxic control, the analysis of relative densities showed that there was statistical difference the experimental cells by 100 and 200 μM BSO pretreatment respectively (#p < 0.01). After NAC incubation, the expression of EPO was elevated again, and there were significant difference between the group with 100 μM NAC treatment and that without NAC treatment (▲P < 0.01).
Mentions: The levels of MDR-1 and EPO transcription were detected through semi-quantitative RT-PCR. The results displayed that the levels of MDR-1 and EPO mRNA were declined in hypoxic cells when BSO concentration was at 50 μM, but it wasn't shown that there was a statistical significance at the MDR-1 and EPO mRNA of 50 μM BSO pretreatment compared with those of the hypoxic control. Concomitant with the increases of BSO concentrations, the levels of MDR-1 and EPO mRNA in hypoxic cells were gradually decreased. And then the inhibitory effects on MDR-1 and EPO mRNA, BSO concentrations reaching at 100 μM and 200 μM respectively, were shown statistical differences. Meanwhile, NAC could reduce the inhibition of BSO to MDR-1 and EPO mRNA. Furthermore, the expression of P-gp by MDR-1 translation, tested with western blotting, was also confirmed with the change of MDR-1 mRNA. Above experimental results were displayed in Figure 5 and Figure 6. It is therefore clear that redox micro-environment may influence the levels of target genes located at the downstream of HIF-1.

Bottom Line: To further confirm the effect of intracellular redox status on HIF-1α expression, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was added to culture cells for 8 h before the hypoxia treatment.The results showed that BSO pretreatment down-regulated HIF-1α and the effect was concentration-dependent, on the other hand, the increases of intracellular GSH contents by NAC could partly elevate the levels of HIF-1α expression.The levels of P-Gp (MDR-1) and EPO were concomitant with the trend of HIF-1α expression.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Teaching & Research Section of Nuclear Medicine, An-hui Medical University, Hefei, China. wensenjn@139.com

ABSTRACT
Hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) has been considered as a critical transcriptional factor in response to hypoxia. It can increase P-glycoprotein (P-Gp) thus generating the resistant effect to chemotherapy. At present, the mechanism regulating HIF-1α is still not fully clear in hypoxic tumor cells. Intracellular redox status is closely correlated with hypoxic micro-environment, so we investigate whether alterations in the cellular redox status lead to the changes of HIF-1α expression. HepG2 cells were exposed to Buthionine sulphoximine (BSO) for 12 h prior to hypoxia treatment. The level of HIF-1α expression was measured by Western blot and immunocytochemistry assays. Reduce glutathione (GSH) concentrations in hypoxic cells were determined using glutathione reductase/5,5'-dithiobis-(2-nitrob-enzoic acid) (DTNB) recycling assay. To further confirm the effect of intracellular redox status on HIF-1α expression, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was added to culture cells for 8 h before the hypoxia treatment. The levels of multidrug resistance gene-1 (MDR-1) and erythropoietin (EPO) mRNA targeted by HIF-1α in hypoxic cells were further determined with RT-PCR, and then the expression of P-Gp protein was observed by Western blotting. The results showed that BSO pretreatment down-regulated HIF-1α and the effect was concentration-dependent, on the other hand, the increases of intracellular GSH contents by NAC could partly elevate the levels of HIF-1α expression. The levels of P-Gp (MDR-1) and EPO were concomitant with the trend of HIF-1α expression. Therefore, our data indicate that the changes of redox status in hypoxic cells may regulate HIF-1α expression and provide valuable information on tumor chemotherapy.

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