The transcriptional activity of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is associated with tumor malignancies; therefore, it is important to comprehend its dynamism in solid tumors. However, a molecular imaging strategy to accurately access it remains to be developed. We constructed here a novel HIF-1-dependent reporter gene, 5HREp-ODD-luc, in which 5 copies of the hypoxia-response element (5HRE) enhance expression of the oxygen-dependent degradation (ODD) domain and luciferase (luc) fusion under hypoxia. Because the ODD domain caused the oxygen-dependent degradation of the ODD-Luc protein, the novel reporter gene showed little leak of luminescence under normoxia. Such a property caused an increase of the hypoxia-responsiveness up to about 4.7 x 10(4) -fold. Moreover, the ODD domain caused rapid degradation of the ODD-Luc protein under normoxia, the luminescence reflected the dynamism of HIF-1 activity in real-time. The superiority of the novel reporter gene will surely accelerate analysis of the intratumoral HIF-1 activity during tumor progression and cancer treatments.