In multiple myeloma (MM), hypoxia-inducible transcription factor-1 (HIF-1) is overexpressed in the MM cells of the hypoxic bone marrow (BM) microenvironment. Herein, we explored in MM cells the in vitro and in vivo effects of persistent HIF-1 inhibition by expression of a lentivirus shRNA pool on proliferation, survival and transcriptional and pro-angiogenic profiles. Among the significantly modulated genes (326 and 361 genes in hypoxic and normoxic condition, respectively), we found that HIF-1 inhibition in the human myeloma cell line JJN3 downregulates the pro-angiogenic molecules VEGF, IL8, IL10, CCL2, CCL5, and MMP9. Interestingly, several pro-osteoclastogenic cytokines were also inhibited, such as IL-7 and CCL3/MIP-1. The effect of HIF-1 inhibition was assessed in vivo in NOD/SCID mice both in subcutaneous and intratibial models, indicating in either case a dramatic reduction of weight and volume of the tumor burden as a consequence of HIF-1 knockdown. Moreover, a significant reduction of the number of vessels per field and VEGF immunostaining were observed. Finally, in the intra-tibial experiments, HIF-1 inhibition significantly blocks JJN3-induced bone destruction. Overall, our data indicate that HIF-1 suppression in MM cells significantly blocks MM-induced angiogenesis and reduces both tumor burden and bone destruction in vivo, strongly indicating HIF-1 as an emerging therapeutic target in MM. The transcriptional profiles on JJN3 transduced with shRNA anti-HIF-1 (JJN3-anti-HIF-1), as compared to those infected with the control vector pLKO.1 (JJN3-pLKO.1), have been analyzed either in hypoxic or normoxic conditions. To perform gene expression profiles, total RNA was purified using the RNeasy Total RNA Isolation Kit (Qiagen, Valencia, CA). Preparation of biotin-labeled cRNA, hybridization to GeneChip Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 Arrays and scanning (GeneChip¨ Scanner 3000 7G, Affymetrix Inc.) were performed according to manufacturer's protocols.