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The heterodimeric HIF (hypoxia-inducible factor)-1 is a transcriptional master regulator of several genes involved in mammalian oxygen homoeostasis. Besides the well described regulation of the HIF-1alpha subunit via hydroxylation-mediated protein stability in hypoxia, there are several indications of an additional translational control of the HIF-1alpha(More)
The hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1 is a transcriptional regulator of genes involved in oxygen homeostasis. We previously described testis-specific isoforms of HIF-1alpha (mHIF-1alphaI.1 and hHIF-1alphaTe). Using mHIF-1alpha exon I.1 knock-out mice we confirmed the specific expression of mHIF-1alphaI.1 in the sperm tail. A protein-protein interaction(More)
Legionella pneumophila, the agent of Legionnaires' disease, replicates intracellularly within specialized phagosomes of human macrophages and amoebae. In this study, we have developed a protocol for the isolation of Legionella-containing phagosomes from Dictyostelium discoideum. Cell fractionation, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF MS(More)
The haploid soil amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum is a suitable model organism to study host-pathogen interactions with Legionella pneumophila. In this study we show that D. discoideum AX2 is also susceptible to infection with other important human pathogens and obligate intracellular symbionts. Infection assays demonstrated that Legionella-like amoebal(More)
Spermatogenesis in the seminiferous tubuli of the testis occurs under a high proliferation rate, suggesting considerable oxygen consumption. Because of the lack of blood vessels, the oxygen partial pressure in the lumen of these tubuli is very low. We previously identified a testis isoform of the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1alpha in the mouse, termed(More)
Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the X-chromosomal MECP2 gene encoding for the transcriptional regulator methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Rett patients suffer from episodic respiratory irregularities and reduced arterial oxygen levels. To elucidate whether such intermittent hypoxic episodes induce(More)
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