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Ceramide synthases

Akshaya K Meher, Michael Spinosa, John P Davis, Nicolas Pope, Victor E Laubach, Gang Su, Vlad Serbulea, Norbert Leitinger, Gorav Ailawadi, Gilbert R Upchurch
OBJECTIVE: Neutrophils promote experimental abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation via a mechanism that is independent from MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases). Recently, we reported a dominant role of IL (interleukin)-1β in the formation of murine experimental AAAs. Here, the hypothesis that IL-1β-induced neutrophil extracellular trap formation (NETosis) promotes AAA was tested. APPROACH AND RESULTS: NETs were identified through colocalized staining of neutrophil, Cit-H3 (citrullinated histone H3), and DNA, using immunohistochemistry...
February 22, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Cheng-Yi Chang, Jian-Ri Li, Chih-Cheng Wu, Jiaan-Der Wang, Ching-Ping Yang, Wen-Ying Chen, Wen-Yi Wang, Chun-Jung Chen
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are increasingly implicated in the prevention and treatment of cancers apart from their known inhibitory effects on eicosanoid production. One of the NSAIDs, indomethacin, in particular shows promising antineoplastic outcome against glioma. To extend such finding, we here studied in human H4 and U87 glioma cells the possible involvement of the ceramide/protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A)/Akt axis in the indomethacin-induced apoptosis. We found that the induced apoptosis was accompanied by a series of biochemical events, including intracellular ceramide generation, PP2A activation, Akt dephosphorylation, Mcl-1 and FLICE inhibiting protein (FLIP) transcriptional downregulation, Bax mitochondrial distribution, and caspase 3 activation...
February 19, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Sun Ryoung Choi, Ji Hee Lim, Min Young Kim, Eun Nim Kim, Yaeni Kim, Beom Soon Choi, Yong-Soo Kim, Hye Won Kim, Kyung-Min Lim, Min Jeong Kim, Cheol Whee Park
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin is known to take part in the regulation of energy metabolism. AdipoRon, an orally-active synthetic adiponectin agonist, binds to both adiponectin receptors (AdipoR)1/R2 and ameliorates diabetic complications. Among the lipid metabolites, the ceramide subspecies of sphingolipids have been linked to features of lipotoxicity, including inflammation, cell death, and insulin resistance. We investigated the role of AdipoRon in the prevention and development of type 2 diabetic nephropathy...
February 17, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Mansa A Munshi, Justin M Gardin, Ashutosh Singh, Chiara Luberto, Robert Rieger, Tejas Bouklas, Bettina C Fries, Maurizio Del Poeta
Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) is estimated to cause about 220,000 new cases every year in patients with AIDS, despite advances in antifungal treatments. C. neoformans possesses a remarkable ability to disseminate through an immunocompromised host, making treatment difficult. Here, we examine the mechanism of survival of C. neoformans under varying host conditions and find a role for ceramide synthase in C. neoformans virulence. This study also provides a detailed lipidomics resource for the fungal lipid research community in addition to discovering a potential target for antifungal therapy...
February 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Seong-Hoon Yun, Eun-Hye Sim, Sang-Heum Han, Tae-Rang Kim, Mi-Ha Ju, Jin-Yeong Han, Jin-Sook Jeong, Sung-Hyun Kim, Alexandra S Silchenko, Valentin A Stonik, Joo-In Park
We previously demonstrated that the quinovose-containing hexaoside stichoposide C (STC) is a more potent anti-leukemic agent than the glucose-containing stichoposide D (STD), and that these substances have different molecular mechanisms of action. In the present study, we investigated the novel marine triterpene glycoside cladoloside C2 from Cladolabes schmeltzii, which has the same carbohydrate moiety as STC. We assessed whether cladoloside C2 could induce apoptosis in K562 and HL-60 cells. We also evaluated whether it showed antitumor action in mouse leukemia xenograft models, and its molecular mechanisms of action...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Patrick Münzer, Sophie Mittelstädt, Sascha Geue, Mailin-Christin Manke, Britta Walker-Allgaier, Florian Lang, Meinrad Gawaz, Oliver Borst
Platelet aggregation, dense granule secretion and thrombus formation are dependent on sphingolipids like ceramide and sphingosine as well as sphingosine-1 phosphate. Sphingosine/ceramide metabolism involves ceramide synthases and ceramidases. However, the role of ceramide synthase and ceramidase in the regulation of platelet function remained ill-defined. The present study determined transmission light aggregometry, employed luciferase based ATP release measurements and studied in vitro thrombus formation under high arterial shear rates in order to define the impact of pharmacological inhibition of serine palmitoyltransferase, ceramide synthase and ceramidase on platelet function...
February 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mariangela Sociale, Anna-Lena Wulf, Bernadette Breiden, Kathrin Klee, Melanie Thielisch, Franka Eckardt, Julia Sellin, Margret H Bülow, Sinah Löbbert, Nadine Weinstock, André Voelzmann, Joachim Schultze, Konrad Sandhoff, Reinhard Bauer
Maintenance of metabolic homeostasis requires adaption of gene regulation to the cellular energy state via transcriptional regulators. Here, we identify a role of ceramide synthase (CerS) Schlank, a multiple transmembrane protein containing a catalytic lag1p motif and a homeodomain, which is poorly studied in CerSs, as a transcriptional regulator. ChIP experiments show that it binds promoter regions of lipases lipase3 and magro via its homeodomain. Mutation of nuclear localization site 2 (NLS2) within the homeodomain leads to loss of DNA binding and deregulated gene expression, and NLS2 mutants can no longer adjust the transcriptional response to changing lipid levels...
January 23, 2018: Cell Reports
Kristi Helke, Peggi Angel, Ping Lu, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Besim Ogretmen, Richard Drake, Christina Voelkel-Johnson
Colitis, an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract, is increasing in incidence and prevalence. Intestinal inflammation can occur as a consequence of dysfunctions in sphingolipid metabolism. In this study we used ceramide synthase 6 (CerS6) deficient mice, which have a reduced ability to generate long chain C16-ceramide, to investigate the role of this enzyme in dextran sodium salt (DSS)-induced colitis. While CerS6-deficient mice are protected from T cell mediated colitis, in the T cell independent DSS model lack of CerS6 resulted in a more rapid onset of disease symptoms...
January 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Koji Nomoto, Yurina Itaya, Ken Watanabe, Tadashi Yamashita, Toshiro Okazaki, Yoshihiro Tokudome
BACKGROUND: Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) is an enzyme that generates sphingomyelin (SM) from ceramide (CER) and phosphatidylcholine. SM in the epidermis is a precursor of CER, an important lipid for epidermal permeability barrier function. However, the physiological role of SMS in skin is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To uncover the function of SMS in skin, we investigated sphingolipid metabolism enzyme activity in skin, SM content in the epidermis, CER content in the stratum corneum (SC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) as an indicator of barrier function in SMS2-knockout (KO) mice...
January 17, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Andrea Huwiler, Josef Pfeilschifter
Over the last decade, various sphingolipid subspecies have gained increasing attention as important signaling molecules that regulate a multitude of physiological and pathophysiological processes including inflammation and tissue remodeling. These mediators include ceramide, sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), the cerebroside glucosylceramide, lactosylceramide, and the gangliosides GM3 and Gb3. These lipids have been shown to accumulate in various chronic kidney diseases that typically end in renal fibrosis and ultimately renal failure...
January 14, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Jong Hoon Won, Seok Kyun Kim, In Chul Shin, Hae Chan Ha, Ji Min Jang, Moon Jung Back, Dae Kyong Kim
Dopamine (DA) reuptake is the primary mechanism to terminate dopaminergic transmission in the synaptic cleft. The dopamine transporter (DAT) has an important role in the regulation of DA reuptake. This study provides anatomical and physiological evidence that DAT recycling is regulated by ceramide kinase via the sphingomyelin pathway. First, the results show that DAT and neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2) were successfully co-precipitated from striatal samples and were colocalized in the mouse striatum or PC12 cells...
January 9, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Takao Someya, Katsura Sano, Kotaro Hara, Yoshimasa Sagane, Toshihiro Watanabe, R G S Wijesekara
This data article provides gene expression profiles, determined by using real-time PCR, of fibroblasts and keratinocytes treated with 0.01% and 0.001% extracts of neem plant (Azadirachta indica), local name "Kohomba" in Sri Lanka, harvested in Sri Lanka. For fibroblasts, the dataset includes expression profiles for genes encoding hyaluronan synthase 1 (HAS1), hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2), hyaluronidase-1 (HYAL1), hyaluronidase-2 (HYAL2), versican, aggrecan, CD44, collagen, type I, alpha 1 (COL1A1), collagen, type III, alpha 1 (COL3A1), collagen, type VII, alpha 1 (COL7A1), matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP1), acid ceramidase, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), fibroblast growth factor-7 (FGF7), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1α), cyclooxygenase-2 (cox2), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), and aquaporin 3 (AQP3)...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Ji-Na Kong, Zhihui Zhu, Yutaka Itokazu, Guanghu Wang, Michael B Dinkins, Liansheng Zhong, Hsuan-Pei Lin, Ahmed Elsherbini, Silvia Leanhart, Xue Jiang, Haiyan Qin, Wenbo Zhi, Stefka D Spassieva, Erhard Bieberich
We reported that amyloid beta peptide (Abeta42) activated neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2) thereby increasing the concentration of the sphingolipid ceramide in astrocytes. Here, we show that Abeta42 induced mitochondrial fragmentation in wild type astrocytes, but not in nSMase2-deficient cells or astrocytes treated with Fumonisin B1 (FB1), an inhibitor of ceramide synthases. Unexpectedly, ceramide depletion was concurrent with rapid movements of mitochondria, indicating an unknown function of ceramide for mitochondria...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Zuzana Tylichová, Josef Slavík, Miroslav Ciganek, Petra Ovesná, Pavel Krčmář, Nicol Straková, Miroslav Machala, Alois Kozubík, Jiřina Hofmanová, Jan Vondráček
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and sodium butyrate (NaBt) exhibit a number of interactive effects on colon cancer cell growth, differentiation or apoptosis; however, the molecular mechanisms responsible for these interactions and their impact on cellular lipidome are still not fully clear. Here, we show that both dietary agents together induce dynamic alterations of lipid metabolism, specific cellular lipid classes and fatty acid composition. In HT-29 cell line, a model of differentiating colon carcinoma cells, NaBt supported incorporation of free DHA into non-polar lipids and their accumulation in cytoplasmic lipid droplets...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Prashanta Kumar Panda, Prajna Paramita Naik, Biswa Ranjan Meher, Durgesh Nandini Das, Subhadip Mukhopadhyay, Prakash Priyadarshi Praharaj, Tapas K Maiti, Sujit K Bhutia
PUMA, a BH3-only pro-apoptotic Bcl2 family protein, is known to translocate from the cytosol into the mitochondria in order to induce apoptosis. Interestingly, the induction of PUMA by p53 plays a critical role in DNA damage-induced apoptosis. In this study, we reported mitophagy inducing potential of PUMA triggered by phytolectin Abrus agglutinin (AGG) in U87MG glioblastoma cells and established AGG-induced ceramide acts as the chief mediator of mitophagy dependent cell death through activation of both mitochondrial ROS as well as ER stress...
March 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yutaro Yamaguchi, Yuka Katsuki, Seiya Tanaka, Ryotaro Kawaguchi, Hiroto Denda, Takuma Ikeda, Kouichi Funato, Motohiro Tani
Complex sphingolipids play critical roles in various cellular events in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. To identify genes that are related to the growth defect caused by disruption of complex sphingolipid biosynthesis, we screened for suppressor mutations and multicopy suppressor genes that confer resistance against repression of AUR1 encoding inositol phosphorylceramide synthase. From the results of this screening, we found that the activation of high-osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway is involved in suppression of growth defect caused by impaired biosynthesis of complex sphingolipids...
February 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Joen-Rong Sheu, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Ming-Jen Hsu, Shwu-Huey Wang, Kuo-Wei Jung, Wei-Fan Wu, Szu-Han Pan, Ruei-Dun Teng, Chih-Hao Yang, Cheng-Ying Hsieh
CME-1, a novel water-soluble polysaccharide purified from Ophiocordyceps sinensis mycelia, has anti-oxidative, antithrombotic and antitumour properties. In this study, other major attributes of CME-1, namely anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, were investigated. Treating lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells with CME-1 concentration-dependently suppressed nitric oxide formation and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression. In the CME-1-treated RAW 264.7 cells, LPS-induced IκBα degradation and the phosphorylation of p65, Akt and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), including extracellular signal-regulated kinase, c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38, were reduced...
February 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Kenji Mizumura, Matthew J Justice, Kelly S Schweitzer, Sheila Krishnan, Irina Bronova, Evgeny V Berdyshev, Walter C Hubbard, Yael Pewzner-Jung, Anthony H Futerman, Augustine M K Choi, Irina Petrache
The mechanisms by which lung structural cells survive toxic exposures to cigarette smoke (CS) are not well defined but may involve proper disposal of damaged mitochondria by macro-autophagy (mitophagy), processes that may be influenced by pro-apoptotic ceramide (Cer) or its precursor dihydroceramide (DHC). Human lung epithelial and endothelial cells exposed to CS exhibited mitochondrial damage, signaled by phosphatase and tensin homolog-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) phosphorylation, autophagy, and necroptosis...
January 5, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Ashish Saroha, Yael Pewzner-Jung, Natalia S Ferreira, Piyush Sharma, Youenn Jouan, Samuel L Kelly, Ester Feldmesser, Alfred H Merrill, François Trottein, Christophe Paget, Karl S Lang, Anthony H Futerman
The role of sphingolipids (SLs) in the immune system has come under increasing scrutiny recently due to the emerging contributions that these important membrane components play in regulating a variety of immunological processes. The acyl chain length of SLs appears particularly critical in determining SL function. Here, we show a role for very-long acyl chain SLs (VLC-SLs) in invariant natural killer T ( i NKT) cell maturation in the thymus and homeostasis in the liver. Ceramide synthase 2-null mice, which lack VLC-SLs, were susceptible to a hepatotropic strain of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which is due to a reduction in the number of i NKT cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Matthew J Scheffel, Kristi Helke, Ping Lu, Jacob S Bowers, Besim Ogretmen, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Chrystal M Paulos, Christina Voelkel-Johnson
Sphingolipids regulate critical cellular processes including inflammation. Ceramide, which serves a central role in sphingolipid metabolism, is generated by six ceramide synthases (CerS) that differ in substrate specificity. CerS6 preferentially generates C16-ceramide and its mRNA is highly expressed in immune tissues. In this study we analyzed how deficiency of CerS6 impacts on the development of colitis using an adoptive transfer model. Adoptive transfer of CerS6-deficient splenocytes, which have significantly decreased levels of C16-ceramide, showed that CerS6-deficiency protected against the development of colitis...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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