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Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Oct;24(20):9038-47.

Vhlh gene deletion induces Hif-1-mediated cell death in thymocytes.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, 700 Clinical Research Building, 415 Curie Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6144, USA.

Abstract

The von Hippel-Lindau gene product (pVHL) targets the alpha subunit of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) for proteasomal degradation. Inactivation of pVhl in the mouse germ line results in embryonic lethality, indicating that tight control of Hif-mediated adaptive responses to hypoxia is required for normal development and tissue function. In order to investigate the role of pVhl in T-cell development, we generated mice with thymocyte-specific inactivation of Vhlh resulting in constitutive transcriptional activity of Hif-1, as well as mice with thymocyte-specific repression of Hif-1 in a wild-type and Vhlh-deficient background. Thymi from Vhlh-deficient mice were small due to a severe reduction in the total number of CD4/CD8-double-positive thymocytes which was associated with increased apoptosis in vivo and in vitro. Increased apoptosis was a result of enhanced caspase 8 activity, while Bcl-2 and Bcl-XL transgene expression had little effect on this phenotype. Inactivation of Hif-1 in Vhlh-deficient thymocytes restored thymic cellularity as well as thymocyte viability in vitro. Our data suggest that tight regulation of Hif-1 via pVhl is required for normal thymocyte development and viability and that an increase in Hif-1 transcriptional activity enhances caspase 8-mediated apoptosis in thymocytes.

PMID:
15456877
PMCID:
PMC517905
DOI:
10.1128/MCB.24.20.9038-9047.2004
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