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Role of the PI3KK family, DNA damage signaling and repair proteins, in the cellular adaptation to hypoxia

Role of the PI3KK family, DNA damage signaling and repair proteins, in the cellular adaptation to hypoxia

Hypoxia is a frequent microenvironmental stress observed in human tumors. The stress response observed in hypoxic cells results in more aggressive and metastatic cancer phenotypes, associated with poor treatment outcome. A key regulator of the cellular response to oxygen deprivation is the transcription factor, hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) whose function resulting in the induction of a plethora of target genes that collectively confers cellular adaptation to hypoxia. HIF-1 is comprised of a labile a sub-unit that is mainly targeted for normoxia-dependent degradation by the proteasomal system whereas its beta subunit, HIF-1 beta or ARNT, is constitutively expressed. HIF-1 is considered as an important target in Oncology.

We have demonstrated that the DNA dependent protein kinase (a key protein in DNA double strand breaks repair) protects HIF-1alpha against nuclear degradation and favors the survival of tumors cells upon hypoxia. Furthermore, hypoxia induces the activation of DNA-PK in the absence of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) suggesting that the hypoxic stress is able to induce a DNA damage like response in the absence of DNA lesions (Bouquet al, J. Cell Science, 2011). The catalytic sub-unit of DNA-PK belongs to the family of PI3KK a family that, in eukaryotes, initiates cellular stress responses when genome integrity, mRNA translation, or nutrient availability is compromised. We have found that the DNA DSBs signaling protein ATM is also involved in the regulation of HIF-1 (Bouquet et al, Cell Cycle, 2010). Importantly, we recently demonstrated that the ATR protein, which is activated in response to replication stress, also regulates HIF-1 biosynthesis upon hypoxia (Fallone et al, Oncogene, 2012). Taken together, these results suggest that the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway plays a key and unexpected role in the cellular adaptation to hypoxia. In addition, we have recently characterized the interactome of one of the HIF isoform, HIF-2 in melanoma cells. This study unravels a new role of HIF-2 in the regulation of melanoma cell migration and invasion upon hypoxia (Steunou et al, Mol Cell Proteomics, 2012).


AL. Steunou, M. Ducoux-Petit, I. Lazar, B. Monsarrat , M. Erard, C. Muller, E. Clottes E, O. Schiltz, L. Nieto. Identification of HIF2 alpha nuclear interactome in melanoma cells reveals master proteins involved in melanoma development. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2012 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print]
F. Fallone, S. Britton, L. Nieto, B. Salles, C. Muller. (2012). ATR controls cellular adaptation to hypoxia through positive regulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 (HIF-1) expression. Oncogene, doi: 10.1038/onc.2012.462. [Epub ahead of print]
F. Bouquet#, M. Ousset#, D. Biard, F. Fallone, S. Dauvillier, P. Frit, B. Salles, C. Muller (2011). A DNA‐dependent stress response involving DNA‐PK occurs in hypoxic cells and contributes to cellular adaptation to hypoxia. J Cell Science, 124:1943-51# Equivalent contribution
M. Ousset#, F. Bouquet#, F. Fallone, D. Biard, C. Dray, P. Valet, B. Salles, C. Muller. (2010). Loss of ATM positively regulates the expression of hypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF‐1) through oxidative stress: Role in the physiopathology of the disease. Cell Cycle. 9 :2814‐22. # Equivalent contribution

4 February 2013