Prolyl Hydroxylase Domain Protein 2 (PHD2) Binds a Pro-Xaa-Leu-Glu Motif, Linking it to the Heat Shock Protein 90 Pathway
Prolyl hydroxylase domain protein 2 (PHD2, also known as Egg Laying Defective Nine homolog 1) is a key oxygen-sensing protein in metazoans. In an oxygen-dependent manner, PHD2 site-specifically prolyl hydroxylates the master transcription factor of the hypoxic response, hypoxia-inducible factor-α (HIF-α), thereby targeting HIF-α for degradation. In this report we show that the heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) co-chaperones p23 and FKBP38 interact via a conserved Pro-Xaa-Leu-Glu motif (where Xaa = any amino acid) in these proteins with the N-terminal Myeloid Nervy and DEAF-1 (MYND)-type zinc finger of PHD2. Knockdown of p23 augments hypoxia-induced HIF-1α protein levels and HIF target genes. We propose that p23 recruits PHD2 to the HSP90 machinery to facilitate HIF-1α hydroxylation. These findings identify a link between two ancient pathways, the PHD:HIF and the HSP90 pathways, and suggest that this link was established concurrent with the emergence of the PHD:HIF pathway in evolution.