[Effects of oxygen and calcium on the expression of wild-type and mutated hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha eukaryotic vectors in HEK293 cells]

Rui-Bin Fu, Ping-Sheng Wu, Jian Qiu, Ding-Cheng Xiang, Jun Ma, Chang-Jiang Hong, Jian-Xin He
Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University 2009, 29 (7): 1321-3

OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of oxygen and calcium on the expression of eukaryotic vectors harboring wild-type or mutated hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-11alpha) in HEK293 cells.

METHODS: HEK293 cells were transiently transfected with pcDNA3.1+/HIF-11alpha, pcDNA3.1+/HIF-11alpha-564Ala and pcDNA3.1+/HIF-11alpha-564Ala-803Ala via lipofectin. Western blotting were used to detect HIF-11alpha protein after normoxic or hypoxic exposure of the transfected HEK293 cells in the presence or absence of Ca(2+). The levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) mRNA in the transfected cells in normoxic condition was detected using RT-PCR.

RESULTS: The levels of HIF-11alpha protein and VEGF mRNA increased in HEK293 cells transfected with the vectors harboring mutated HIF-11alpha, but not in the cells transfected with wild-type HIF-11alpha vectors in normoxia. Hypoxia increased the levels of HIF-11alpha protein in the cells transfected with wild-type HIF-11alpha vectors, which was inhibited by the application of Ca(2+). Ca(2+) showed no inhibitory effect on HIF-11alpha levels in HEK293 cells transfected with the vectors containing mutated HIF-11alpha.

CONCLUSION: The protein products of pcDNA3.1+/HIF-11alpha-564Ala and pcDNA3.1+/HIF-11alpha- 564Ala-803Ala in HEK293 cells enhance the cell tolerance to oxygen and protease.

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