Identification of thioredoxin-interacting protein 1 as a hypoxia-inducible factor 1α-induced gene in pancreatic cancer

Amanda F. Baker, Mei Y. Koh, Ryan R. Williams, Brian James, Huamin Wang, Wendy R. Tate, Alfred Gallegos, Daniel D. Von Hoff, Haiyong Han, Garth Powis

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Objective: To investigate the expression of thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) during hypoxia and its dependency on hypoxiainducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) in pancreatic cancer cell lines. Methods: MiaPaCa-2 pancreatic cancer cells were transiently transfected with siRNA to HIF-1α and TXNIP protein measured after growth in normoxia or hypoxia. In addition, HIF-1α dependency was assessed by transiently transfecting MiaPaCa-2 pancreatic cancer cells with a mutated oxygen degradation domain resulting in stable HIF-1α expression in normoxic conditions. Panc-1 pancreatic cancer cells with low endogenous TXNIP expression were stably transfected with TXNIP, and cell survival and response to platinum cancer agents were tested. Quantitative immunohistochemistry was utilized to measure the expression of TXNIP and thioredoxin 1 in human pancreatic cancer tissues. Results: Thioredoxin- interacting protein was induced during hypoxia in pancreatic cancer cells in a HIF-1α-dependent manner. Overexpression of TXNIP in the Panc-1 cells resulted in a higher basal apoptosis and increased sensitivity to cisplatin and oxaliplatin. A negative correlation was observed between TXNIP and thioredoxin 1 expression in human pancreatic cancer tissues. Conclusions: Thioredoxin-interacting protein, a putative tumor suppressor gene, is induced in response to hypoxia in a HIF- 1α-dependent manner in pancreatic cancer cells, resulting in increased apoptosis and increased sensitivity to platinum anticancer therapy. Increased TXNIP may be a mechanism to counterbalance the prosurvival effects of HIF-1α.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-186
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • HIF-1α
  • Hypoxia
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thioredoxin
  • siRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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