ADAMTS1 is a unique hypoxic early response gene expressed by endothelial cells.

Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama 700-8558, Japan.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.65). 05/2009; 284(24):16325-33. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109.001313
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ABSTRACT ADAMTS1 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 1) is a member of the matrix metalloproteinase family. We have previously reported that ADAMTS1 was strongly expressed in myocardial infarction. In this study, we investigated whether hypoxia induced ADAMTS1 and investigated its regulatory mechanism. In hypoxia, the expression level of ADAMTS1 mRNA and protein rapidly increased in endothelial cells, but not in other cell types. Interestingly, the induction of ADAMTS1 by hypoxia was transient, whereas vascular endothelial growth factor induction by hypoxia in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) increased in a time-dependent manner. CoCl2, a transition metal that mimics hypoxia, induced ADAMTS1 in HUVEC. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor LY294002 dose-dependently inhibited the increase of ADAMTS1 mRNA expression in hypoxia. We characterized the promoter region of ADAMTS1, and the secreted luciferase assay system demonstrated that hypoxia induced luciferase secretion in the culture medium 4.6-fold in HUVEC. In the promoter region of ADAMTS1, we found at least three putative hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) binding sites, and the chromatin immunoprecipitation assay revealed HIF-1 binding to HIF binding sites in the promoter region of ADAMTS1 under hypoxia. Recombinant ADAMTS1 protein promoted the migration of HUVEC under hypoxic conditions. In summary, we found that ADAMTS1 is transiently induced by hypoxia in endothelial cells, and its transcription is mediated by HIF-1 binding. Our data indicate that ADAMTS1 is a novel acute hypoxia-inducible gene.

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