Hypoxia induces polycystin-1 expression in the renal epithelium

Grampp S, Kraus A, Skoczynski K, Schiffer M, Krüger R, Naas S, Schödel J, Buchholz B (2023)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023


Book Volume: 10

Article Number: 220992

Journal Issue: 5

DOI: 10.1098/rsos.220992


Mutations in polycystin-1 which is encoded by the PKD1 gene are the main causes for the development of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. However, only little is known about the physiological function of polycystin-1 and even less about the regulation of its expression. Here, we show that expression of PKD1 is induced by hypoxia and compounds that stabilize the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor (HIF) 1α in primary human tubular epithelial cells. Knockdown of HIF subunits confirms HIF-1α-dependent regulation of polycystin-1 expression. Furthermore, HIF ChIP-seq reveals that HIF interacts with a regulatory DNA element within the PKD1 gene in renal tubule-derived cells. HIF-dependent expression of polycystin-1 can also be demonstrated in vivo in kidneys of mice treated with substances that stabilize HIF. Polycystin-1 and HIF-1α have been shown to promote epithelial branching during kidney development. In line with these findings, we show that expression of polycystin-1 within mouse embryonic ureteric bud branches is regulated by HIF. Our finding links expression of one of the main regulators of accurate renal development with the hypoxia signalling pathway and provides additional insight into the pathophysiology of polycystic kidney disease.

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Grampp, S., Kraus, A., Skoczynski, K., Schiffer, M., Krüger, R., Naas, S.,... Buchholz, B. (2023). Hypoxia induces polycystin-1 expression in the renal epithelium. Royal Society Open Science, 10(5). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.220992


Grampp, Steffen, et al. "Hypoxia induces polycystin-1 expression in the renal epithelium." Royal Society Open Science 10.5 (2023).

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