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Mech Dev. 1999 Sep;87(1-2):193-7.

mRNA cloning and expression studies of the quail homologue of HIF-2alpha.

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Zentrum für Molekulare Medizin der Universität zu Köln, Joseph-Stelzmann-Strasse 9, D-50931, Köln, Germany.


Hypoxia inducible factors (HIF) are candidate transcriptional regulators of vascular development. Unlike HIF-1alpha - the founding member of the HIF family - which is expressed more or less ubiquitously, HIF-2alpha (also called HRF, HLF and EPAS1) is highly expressed by vascular endothelial cells and was shown to activate the transcription of endothelial cell-specific receptor tyrosine kinases (tie-2 and flk-1/VEGF receptor 2) and of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Therefore HIF-2alpha is a candidate dual regulator of vascular development. Here we describe the quail homologue of HIF-2alpha. Sequence analysis reveals that HIF-2alpha is highly conserved between birds and mammals. Like the murine HIF-2alpha, the quail molecule is highly expressed by endothelial cells but also detectable in certain epithelial cells such as in the endoderm.

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