Local hypoxia in hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) niches is thought to regulate HSC functions. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (Hif-1) and Hif-2 are key mediators of cellular responses to hypoxia. Although oxygen-regulated alpha-subunits of Hifs, namely Hif-1α and Hif-2α, are closely related, they play overlapping and also distinct functions in non-hematopoietic tissues. While Hif-1α-deficient HSCs lose their activity upon serial transplantation, the role for Hif-2α in cell-autonomous HSC maintenance remains unknown. Here we demonstrate that constitutive or inducible hematopoiesis-specific Hif-2α deletion does not affect HSC numbers and steady-state hematopoiesis. Furthermore, using serial transplantations and 5-FU treatment we demonstrate that HSCs do not require Hif-2α to self-renew and recover following hematopoietic injury. Finally, we show that Hif-1α deletion has no major impact on steady-state maintenance of Hif-2α-deficient HSCs and their ability to repopulate primary recipients, indicating that Hif-1α expression does not account for normal behavior of Hif-2α-deficient HSCs.
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2013|