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Mol Cell. 2011 Jun 10;42(5):700-12. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2011.03.029.

MCM proteins are negative regulators of hypoxia-inducible factor 1.

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Graduate Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


MCM proteins are components of a DNA helicase that plays an essential role in DNA replication and cell proliferation. However, MCM proteins are present in excess relative to origins of replication, suggesting they may serve other functions. Decreased proliferation is a fundamental physiological response to hypoxia in many cell types, and hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) has been implicated in this process. Here, we demonstrate that multiple MCM proteins bind directly to the HIF-1α subunit and synergistically inhibit HIF-1 transcriptional activity via distinct O(2)-dependent mechanisms. MCM3 inhibits transactivation domain function, whereas MCM7 enhances HIF-1α ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. HIF-1 activity decreases when quiescent cells re-enter the cell cycle, and this effect is MCM dependent. Exposure to hypoxia leads to MCM2-7 downregulation in diverse cell types. These studies reveal a function of MCM proteins apart from their DNA helicase activity and establish a direct link between HIF-1 and the cell-cycle machinery.

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