Hypoxia, hypoxia-inducible factors and inflammatory bowel diseases

Gastroenterol Rep (Oxf). 2024 Apr 17:12:goae030. doi: 10.1093/gastro/goae030. eCollection 2024.


Adequate oxygen supply is essential for maintaining the body's normal physiological function. In chronic inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), insufficient oxygen reaching the intestine triggers the regulatory system in response to environmental changes. However, the pathogenesis of IBD is still under investigation. Recent research has highlighted the significant role of hypoxia in IBD, particularly the involvement of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF) and their regulatory mechanisms, making them promising therapeutic targets for IBD. This review will delve into the role of hypoxia, HIF, and the associated hypoxia-inflammatory microenvironment in the context of IBD. Potential interventions for addressing these challenging gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases will also be discussed within this framework.

Keywords: Crohn’s disease; hypoxia; hypoxia-inducible factor; inflammatory bowel disease; ulcerative colitis.

Publication types

  • Review