[Construction of eukaryotic expression vectors of two mutants of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 and their expressions in human microvascular endothelial cells]

Rui-bin Fu, Ping-sheng Wu, Yun-feng Song, Jian Qiu, Tie-ying Dai, Jian-hua Li, Jian-cheng Xiu
Di 1 Jun Yi da Xue Xue Bao, Academic Journal of the First Medical College of PLA 2005, 25 (11): 1348-51

OBJECTIVE: To construct eukaryotic expression vectors of two mutants of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1alpha) and study their expressions in human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs).

METHODS: Site-directed mutagenesis was performed to induce the mutation of the codons for the residue Pro564 (ccc) in HIF-1alpha into gcc (Ala) in pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alphato obtain single-site-mutated vector pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alpha-564Ala, which was then subjected to a second site-directed mutagenesis to convert the codons for Asn803 into that of Ala (gct) to acquire double-site-mutated pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alpha-564Ala-803Ala. After lipofectin-mediated transient transformation of HMVECs with the 3 recombinant plasmids including the two plasmids containing the mutations and the one without mutation, respectively, the expression levels of HIF-1alpha mRNA and protein were determined using RT-PCR, immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting.

RESULTS: DNA sequence analysis demonstrated success of the two-step mutagenesis and the two plasmids of pcDNA3.1+-HIF-1alpha-564Ala and pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alpha-564Ala- 803Ala were obtained, both of which could produce HIF-1alpha protein resistant to oxidation degradation in HMVECs as compared with the non-mutated one.

CONCLUSION: The recombinant plasmids pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alpha-564Ala and pcDNA3.1(+)-HIF-1alpha- 564Ala-803Ala have been successfully constructed with efficient expressions in HMVECs.

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