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Structural integration in hypoxia-inducible factors

Hypoxia-inducible factor with DNAThe hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) coordinate cellular adaptations to low oxygen stress by regulating transcriptional programs in erythropoiesis, angiogenesis and metabolism. These programs promote the growth and progression of many tumours, making HIFs attractive anticancer targets. Transcriptionally active HIFs consist of HIF-α and ARNT (also called HIF-1β) subunits. Here we describe crystal structures for each of mouse HIF-2α–ARNT and HIF-1α–ARNT heterodimers in states that include bound small molecules and their hypoxia response element. A highly integrated quaternary architecture is shared by HIF-2α–ARNT and HIF-1α–ARNT, wherein ARNT spirals around the outside of each HIF-α subunit. Five distinct pockets are observed that permit small-molecule binding, including PAS domain encapsulated sites and an interfacial cavity formed through subunit heterodimerization. The DNA-reading head rotates, extends and cooperates with a distal PAS domain to bind hypoxia response elements. HIF-α mutations linked to human cancers map to sensitive sites that establish DNA binding and the stability of PAS domains and pockets.

Nature; published online 05 August 2015.

DOI: 10.1038/nature14883

©2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  Dalei Wu, Nalini Potluri, Jingping Lu, Youngchang Kim & Fraydoon Rastinejad.

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Functional Diversity of Haloacid Dehalogenase Superfamily Phosphatase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

The haloacid dehalogenase (HAD)-like enzymes comprise a large superfamily of phosphohydrolases present in all organisms. The Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome encodes at least 19 soluble HADs, including 10 uncharacterized proteins. Here, we biochemically characterized 13 yeast phosphatases from the HAD superfamily, which includes both specific and promiscuous enzymes active against various phosphorylated metabolites and peptides with several HADs implicated in detoxification of phosphorylated compounds and pseudouridine.


J Biol Chem. 2015 Jul 24;290(30):18678-98. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.657916. Epub 2015 Jun 12.

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