Comprehensive analysis of the Hif1α interactome and its regulation by post-translational modifications

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All human cells need oxygen for energy production by oxidative phosphorylation. If the oxygen levels are low, cells switch from oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis. The Hif1α subunit of the transcription factor HIF-1 is essential for this regulatory switch. The switch is regulated by the oxygen level dependent formation of hydroxyproline on the Hif1α subunit which in turn is recognized by the VHL-E3 ligase leading to Hif1α’s degradation by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. In addition to these modifications, large scale studies of post-translationally modified (PTM)proteins identified 60 other PTMs on Hif1α. The regulatory function of these modifications is largely unknown. In this study, we are setting out to define a comprehensive interactome of Hif1α and its regulation by PTMs.
Therefore, we are using a newly developed screening technology, protein interaction screening on peptide matrices (PrISMa). This technology allows the simultaneous identification of the interactome and its regulation by PTMs for a protein like Hif1α. This technology will be extended to a multiplexed version by combining it with metabolic isotope labelling (SILAC). The study will lead to a better understanding of the regulation by Hif1α and will identify new regulatory pathways, which can be exploited for targeted cancer therapies.
Effective start/end date1/06/1830/09/21


  • FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche: €340,000.00


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