Supplementary Data from Targeted Knockdown of SEPT9_v1 Inhibits Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis of Human Prostate Cancer Cells Concomitant with Disruption of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 Pathway
ARTICLE ABSTRACTHypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a key transcription factor in the hypoxic response pathway. We recently identified a novel interaction between HIF-1α and the mammalian septin family member, septin 9 protein, isoform 1 (SEPT9_i1), a protein product of septin 9 transcript variant 1 (SEPT9_v1). Septins are a highly conserved family of GTP-binding cytoskeletal proteins that are implicated in multiple cellular functions, including oncogenesis. SEPT9_i1 binds and stabilizes HIF-1α protein and stimulates HIF-1 transcriptional activity by preventing its RACK1-mediated ubiquitination and degradation. SEPT9_i1–HIF-1 activation promotes tumor growth and angiogenesis. The effect of SEPT9_v1 silencing in prostate cancer cells was studied. SEPT9_v1 stable knockdown was generated in PC-3 cells using a specific shRNA. SEPT9_v1 silencing reduced HIF-1α protein expression and inhibited HIF-1 transcriptional activity. SEPT9_v1 knockdown affected cell morphology, deregulated cell cycle, and decreased migration. The antiproliferative effect of shSEPT9_v1 was abolished in HIF-1α knockout colon cancer cells. In vivo, SEPT9_i1 depletion reduced HIF-1α protein expression, cellular proliferation, tumor growth, and angiogenesis. These results provide new insights and validation for applying SEPT9_v1 as a potential target for antitumor therapy by interrupting the HIF-1 pathway. Mol Cancer Res; 8(5); 643–52. ©2010 AACR.