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Hypoxia-driven cell motility reflects the interplay between JMY and HIF-1α

Buffa, FM; Coutts, A. S.; Pires, I. M.; Coutts, AS; Hammond, EM; Weston, L.; Harris, AL; Buffa, F. M.; La Thangue, NB; Milani, M.; Li, JL; Li, J-L; Milani, M; Harris, A. L.; Pires, Isabel; Hammond, E. M.; Weston, L; La Thangue, N. B.


FM Buffa

A. S. Coutts

AS Coutts

EM Hammond

L. Weston

AL Harris

F. M. Buffa

NB La Thangue

M. Milani


J-L Li

M Milani

A. L. Harris

Isabel Pires

E. M. Hammond

L Weston

N. B. La Thangue


Junction-mediating and regulatory protein (JMY) is a novel p53 cofactor that regulates p53 activity during stress. JMY interacts with p300/CBP, which are ubiquitous transcriptional co-activators that interact with a variety of sequence-specific transcription factors, including hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α). In addition, JMY is an actin-nucleating protein, which, through its WH2 domains, stimulates cell motility. In this study, we show that JMY is upregulated during hypoxia in a HIF-1α-dependent manner. The JMY gene contains HIF-responsive elements in its promoter region and HIF-1α is recruited to its promoter during hypoxia. HIF-1α drives transcription of JMY, which accounts for its induction under hypoxia. Moreover, the enhanced cell motility and invasion that occurs during hypoxia requires JMY, as depleting JMY under hypoxic conditions causes decreased cell motility. Our results establish the interplay between JMY and HIF-1α as a new mechanism that controls cell motility under hypoxic stress. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2011
Journal Oncogene
Print ISSN 0950-9232
Electronic ISSN 1476-5594
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 48
Pages 4835-4842
Institution Citation Coutts, A. S., Pires, I. M., Weston, L., Buffa, F. M., Milani, M., Li, J., …La Thangue, N. B. (2011). Hypoxia-driven cell motility reflects the interplay between JMY and HIF-1α. Oncogene, 30(48), 4835-4842. doi:10.1038/onc.2011.188
Keywords JMY, HIF-1, actin, hypoxia, motility,
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