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Revista chilena de cardiología

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CALLE, Ximena et al. Role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) in the adaptacion to oxygen levels: Nobel Prize in physiology-medicine 2019. Rev Chil Cardiol [online]. 2019, vol.38, n.3, pp.225-235. ISSN 0718-8560.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology-Medicine was awarded to Drs. Gregg Semenza, William Kaelin and Sir Peter Ratcliffe for their research in the molecular machinery that regulates the expression of genes sensitive to the change in oxygen levels. The synthesis of erythropoietin induced by the decrease levels of oxygen in the blood led to investigate the promoter of the erythropoietin gene where the so-called hypoxia response elements (HRE) were described. Semenza et al. described a protein that binds to HREs and called it hypoxia-inducible transcriptional factor (HIF) that regulates gene expression among those involved in angiogenesis, cell differentiation and glycolytic enzymes. HIF presents two oxygen-sensitive subunits HIF-1α and HIF-1β constitutively expressed. In parallel, Kaelin et al. investigated von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL), an autosomal dominant disorder, discovering a mutation of this protein generated a behavior similar to hypoxia. The impact of HIF-1α lies in the search for new strategies such as hydrolase inhibitors to combat prevalent diseases, including anemia and cardiovascular diseases These compounds promote the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a cardioprotective agent with potential use in pre- and post-conditioning therapy, cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.

Keywords : HIF-1; hipoxia; angiogénesis; ECV.

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