Cyclic AMP represses the hypoxic induction of hypoxia-inducible factors in PC12 Cells

Satoru Torii, Norikazu Okamura, Yohei Suzuki, Toshiyuki Ishizawa, Ken Ichi Yasumoto, Kazuhiro Sogawa

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Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) is a master regulator for hypoxic activation of genes for angiogenesis, hormone synthesis, glycolysis and cell survival. In addition to hypoxic stimulus, various effectors and reagents were reported to affect HIF-1 activity. Here, we show that cyclic AMP (cAMP) down-regulates the HIF-1 activity in pheochromocytoma PC12 cells but not in Hep3B and HeLa cells. Hypoxia response element-dependent reporter activity was decreased by the addition of dibutyryl cAMP. Expression of protein kinase A (PKA) catalytic α-subunits repressed the HIF-1 activity. HIF-1α and HLF (HIF-2α or EPAS1) protein levels were decreased by the treatment with dibutyryl cAMP. Although CREB was served as a negative factor for the HIF-1 activity, it may not be a major PKA target in the cAMP-dependent HIF-α repression pathway. Induction of hypoxia responsive genes was suppressed by dibutyryl cAMP. Our results provide additional insight into a regulatory mechanism of hypoxic response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-844
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1


  • Cyclic AMP
  • HIF-1α stabilization
  • Hypoxia
  • PC12 cells
  • Protein kinase A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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