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Wenger, R H; Gassmann, M (1997). Oxygen(es) and the hypoxia-inducible factor-1. Biological Chemistry, 378(7):609-616.

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The hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) heterodimeric transcription factor activated by reductions in oxygen concentration (hypoxia). Activated HIF-1 upregulates expression of genes involved in the adaptation of higher organisms to hypoxic conditions, caused by e.g. high altitude, anemia, wound healing or during development. Examples of these oxy-genes include erythropoietin, a hormone regulating erythropoiesis and hence the oxygen transport capacity, and vascular endothelial growth factor, a potent inducer of angiogenesis leading to increased blood capillary density. The HIF-1 heterodimer is composed of a HIF-1alpha and an ARNT subunit, both belonging to the explosively growing PAS subfamily of bHLH transcription factors. Closely related, but differentially expressed, factors have recently been cloned, at least one of which can also be activated by hypoxia. In this review, we present a survey of the bH LH-PAS family as well as of the genes regulated by HIF-1, and we summarize our current knowledge on the oxygen-dependent activation of this fascinating transcription factor.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:18
Publisher:De Gruyter
PubMed ID:9278140

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