HIF-1α in heart: protective mechanisms.

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Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a transcription factor that directs many of the cellular responses to hypoxia. In these studies, we have used a mouse model containing a cardiac-specific, oxygen-stabilized, doxycycline (Dox)-off regulated HIF-1α transgene to probe the role of HIF-1α in cardioprotection. Hearts used in these studies were derived from wild-type (WT), noninduced (Non-I), and 2 day (2D) and 6 day (6D) Dox-deprived mice. Whereas HIF-1α protein is undetectable in WT mice, it is present in heart tissue of "noninduced" transgenic mice, presumably because of leakiness of the promoter construct. In mice denied Dox for 2 or 6 days, HIF-1α is overexpressed to a much greater extent than Non-I or WT animals, as expected. WT and HIF-1α-expressing hearts (Non-I, 2D and 6D induced) were subjected to 30 min of ischemia, and functional recovery was measured upon reperfusion. Recovery of preischemic left ventricular developed pressure was 14% for WT, 67% for Non-I hearts, 64% for 2D-induced, and 62% for 6D-induced hearts. 6D-induced HIF hearts have increased preischemic glycogen reserves, higher glycogen synthase protein levels, and significantly higher lactic acid release during ischemia. 6D-induced HIF hearts were also better able to maintain ATP levels during ischemia compared with WT and Non-I hearts. Interestingly, Non-I hearts showed no significant increase in glycogen reserves, glycolytic flux, or greater ATP preservation during ischemia and yet were protected to a similar extent as the 6D-induced hearts. Finally, the mitochondrial membrane potential of isolated adult myocytes was monitored during anoxia or treatments with cyanide and 2-deoxyglucose. HIF-1α expression was shown to protect mitochondrial polarization during both stress treatments. Taken together these data indicate that, while HIF-1α expression in heart does induce increases in compensatory glycolytic capacity, these changes are not necessarily required for cardioprotection, at least in this model of ischemic stress.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, J; Chen, P; Li, Y; Ardell, C; Der, T; Shohet, R; Chen, M; Wright, GL

Published Date

  • September 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 305 / 6

Start / End Page

  • H821 - H828

PubMed ID

  • 23873797

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3761338

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-1539

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-6135

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1152/ajpheart.00140.2013


  • eng