• Authors: Bremm, A., Moniz, S., Mader, J., Rocha, S., Komander, D.
  • Year: 2014
  • Journal: EMBO Rep 15 1268-77
  • Applications: in vitro / siRNA, siRNA and DNA cotransfection / INTERFERin, jetPRIME
  • Cell types:
    1. Name: HeLa
      Description: Human cervix epitheloid carcinoma cells
    2. Name: U-2 OS
      Description: Human bone osteosarcoma
      Known as: U2OS


30-40 nM siRNA


The transcription factor HIF-1alpha is essential for cells to rapidly adapt to low oxygen levels (hypoxia). HIF-1alpha is frequently deregulated in cancer and correlates with poor patient prognosis. Here, we demonstrate that the deubiquitinase Cezanne regulates HIF-1alpha homeostasis. Loss of Cezanne decreases HIF-1alpha target gene expression due to a reduction in HIF-1alpha protein levels. Surprisingly, although the Cezanne-regulated degradation of HIF-1alpha depends on the tumour suppressor pVHL, hydroxylase and proteasome activity are dispensable. Our data suggest that Cezanne is essential for HIF-1alpha protein stability and that loss of Cezanne stimulates HIF-1alpha degradation via proteasome-independent routes, possibly through chaperone-mediated autophagy.