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Type: Journal article
Title: Sphingosine kinase localization in the control of sphingolipid metabolism
Author: Siow, D.
Anderson, C.
Berdyshev, E.
Skobeleva, A.
Natarajan, V.
Pitson, S.
Wattenberg, B.
Citation: Advances in Enzyme Regulation, 2011; 51(1):229-244
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0065-2571
1873-2437
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Deanna L. Siow, Charles D. Anderson, Evgeny V. Berdyshev, Anastasia Skobeleva, Viswanathan Natarajan, Stuart M. Pitsong and Binks W. Wattenberg
Abstract: The sphingosine kinases (sphingosine kinase-1 and -2) have been implicated in a variety of physiological functions. Discerning their mechanism of action is complicated because in addition to producing the potent lipid second messenger sphingosine-1-phosphate, sphingosine kinases, both by producing sphingosine-1-phosphate and consuming sphingosine, have profound effects on sphingolipid metabolism. Sphingosine kinase-1 translocates to the plasma membrane upon agonist stimulation and this translocation is essential for the pro-oncogenic properties of this enzyme. Many of the enzymes of sphingolipid metabolism, including the enzymes that degrade sphingosine-1-phosphate, are membrane bound with restricted subcellular distributions. In the work described here we explore how subcellular localization of sphingosine kinase-1 affects the downstream metabolism of sphingosine-1-phosphate and the access of sphingosine kinase to its substrates. We find, surprisingly, that restricting sphingosine kinase to either the plasma membrane or the endoplasmic reticulum has a negligible effect on the rate of degradation of the sphingosine-1-phosphate that is produced. This suggests that sphingosine-1-phosphate is rapidly transported between membranes. However we also find that cytosolic or endoplasmic-reticulum targeted sphingosine kinase expressed at elevated levels produces extremely high levels of dihydrosphingosine-1-phosphate. Dihydrosphingosine is a proximal precursor in ceramide biosynthesis. Our data indicate that sphingosine kinase can divert substrate from the ceramide de novo synthesis pathway. However plasma membrane-restricted sphingosine kinase cannot access the pool of dihydrosphingosine. Therefore whereas sphingosine kinase localization does not affect downstream metabolism of sphingosine-1-phosphate, localization has an important effect on the pools of substrate to which this key signaling enzyme has access.
Keywords: Hela Cells; Intracellular Membranes; Humans; Sphingosine; Isoenzymes; Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor); Lysophospholipids; Sphingolipids; Molecular Structure; HEK293 Cells
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. SciVerse® is a registered trademark of Elsevier Properties S.A.,
RMID: 0020110955
DOI: 10.1016/j.advenzreg.2010.09.004
Description (link): http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/427/description#description
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