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Hypoxia within solid tumors decreases therapeutic efficacy, and identification of hypoxia markers may influence the choice of therapeutic modality. Here, we used a proteomic approach to identify hypoxia-regulated proteins and validated their use as endogenous indicators of tumor hypoxia. Using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and PowerBlot (antibody-based array), we identified a group of 20 proteins that are increased >/=1.5-fold during hypoxia. The majority of these proteins such as IkappaB kinase beta (IKKbeta), MKK3b, highly expressed in cancer (HEC), density-regulated protein 1, P150(glued), nuclear transport factor 2, binder of ARL 2, Paxillin, and transcription termination factor I have not been previously reported to be hypoxia inducible. The increase in these proteins under hypoxia was mediated through posttranscriptional mechanisms. We additionally characterized the role of IKKbeta, a regulator of the nuclear factor-kappaB transcription factor, during hypoxia. We demonstrated that IKKbeta mediates cell survival during hypoxia and is induced in a variety of squamous cell carcinoma cell lines. Furthermore, we showed that IKKbeta expression from tumor specimens correlated with tumor oxygenation in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. These data suggest that IKKbeta is a novel endogenous marker of tumor hypoxia and may represent a new target for anticancer therapy.

Original publication

DOI

10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-04-0899

Type

Journal article

Journal

Cancer Res

Publication Date

15/10/2004

Volume

64

Pages

7302 - 7310

Keywords

Carcinoma, Squamous Cell, Cell Hypoxia, Cell Line, Tumor, Cortactin, Female, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Heat-Shock Proteins, Humans, I-kappa B Kinase, Male, Microfilament Proteins, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Proteins, Oxygen, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Proteomics, Tissue Array Analysis, Up-Regulation