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sphingomyelin synthase

Makoto Taniguchi, Takafumi Tasaki, Hideaki Ninomiya, Yoshibumi Ueda, Koh-Ichi Kuremoto, Susumu Mitsutake, Yasuyuki Igarashi, Toshiro Okazaki, Tsutomu Takegami
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-borne RNA virus which infects target cells via the envelope protein JEV-E. However, its cellular targets are largely unknown. To investigate the role of sphingomyelin (SM) in JEV infection, we utilized SM-deficient immortalized mouse embryonic fibroblasts (tMEF) established from SM synthase 1 (SMS1)/SMS2 double knockout mice. SMS deficiency significantly reduced both intracellular and extracellular JEV levels at 48 h after infection. Furthermore, after 15 min treatment with JEV, the early steps of JEV infection such as attachment and cell entry were also diminished in SMS-deficient tMEFs...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hideaki Sakamoto, Tetsuya Yoshida, Takao Sanaki, Shuhei Shigaki, Hirotoshi Morita, Miki Oyama, Masaru Mitsui, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Toru Nakano, Susumu Mitsutake, Yasuyuki Igarashi, Hiroshi Takemoto
To evaluate the precise role of sphingomyelin synthase 2 (SMS2) in sphingomyelin (SM) metabolism and their anti-inflammatory properties, we analyzed species of major SM and ceramide (Cer) (18:1, 18:0 sphingoid backbone, C14 - C26 N-acyl part) in SMS2 knockout and wild-type mouse plasma and liver using HPLC-MS. SMS2 deficiency significantly decreased very long chain SM (SM (d18:1/22:0) and SM (d18:1/24:0 or d18:0/24:1)) and increased very long chain Cer (Cer (d18:1/24:0 or d18:0/24:1) and Cer (d18:1/24:1)), but not long chain SM (SM (d18:1/16:0), SM (d18:1/18:0 or d18:0/18:1) and SM (d18:1/18:1)) in plasma...
November 9, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Anke Wittmann, Marcus O W Grimm, Harry Scherthan, Marion Horsch, Johannes Beckers, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Steven J Ford, Neal C Burton, Daniel Razansky, Dietrich Trümbach, Michaela Aichler, Axel Karl Walch, Julia Calzada-Wack, Frauke Neff, Wolfgang Wurst, Tobias Hartmann, Thomas Floss
Sphingolipids and the derived gangliosides have critical functions in spermatogenesis, thus mutations in genes involved in sphingolipid biogenesis are often associated with male infertility. We have generated a transgenic mouse line carrying an insertion in the sphingomyelin synthase gene Sms1, the enzyme which generates sphingomyelin species in the Golgi apparatus. We describe the spermatogenesis defect of Sms1-/- mice, which is characterized by sloughing of spermatocytes and spermatids, causing progressive infertility of male homozygotes...
2016: PloS One
Toshiyuki Yamaji, Aya Horie, Yuriko Tachida, Chisato Sakuma, Yusuke Suzuki, Yasunori Kushi, Kentaro Hanada
Ceramide is a common precursor of sphingomyelin (SM) and glycosphingolipids (GSLs) in mammalian cells. Ceramide synthase 2 (CERS2), one of the six ceramide synthase isoforms, is responsible for the synthesis of very long chain fatty acid (C20-26 fatty acids) (VLC)-containing ceramides (VLC-Cer). It is known that the proportion of VLC species in GSLs is higher than that in SM. To address the mechanism of the VLC-preference of GSLs, we used genome editing to establish three HeLa cell mutants that expressed different amounts of CERS2 and compared the acyl chain lengths of SM and GSLs by metabolic labeling experiments...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Maria Rachele Ceccarini, Michela Codini, Samuela Cataldi, Samuele Vannini, Andrea Lazzarini, Alessandro Floridi, Massimo Moretti, Milena Villarini, Bernard Fioretti, Tommaso Beccari, Elisabetta Albi
BACKGROUND: Sphingomyelin plays very important roles in cell function under physiological and pathological conditions. Physical and chemical stimuli produce reactive oxygen species that stimulate acid sphingomyelinase to induce apoptosis. Antioxidant plants of the traditional Chinese Pharmacopoeia, such as Lycium Barbarum and Lycium Chinense, have become increasingly popular in Western countries. We investigated the effects of Lycium Chinense on acid sphingomyelinase and sphingomyelin species in relation to gene expression...
October 19, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
Limin Hao, Oshrit Ben-David, Suzann M Babb, Anthony H Futerman, Bruce M Cohen, Edgar A Buttner
Defining the mechanisms of action of the antipsychotic drug (APD), clozapine, is of great importance, as clozapine is more effective and has therapeutic benefits in a broader range of psychiatric disorders compared with other APDs. Its range of actions have not been fully characterized. Exposure to APDs early in development causes dose-dependent developmental delay and lethality in Caenorhabditis elegans. A previous genome-wide RNAi screen for suppressors of clozapine-induced developmental delay and lethality revealed 40 candidate genes, including sms-1, which encodes a sphingomyelin synthase...
October 26, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Min Park, Vincent Kaddai, Jianhong Ching, Kevin T Fridianto, Ryan J Sieli, Shigeki Sugii, Scott A Summers
The accumulation of sphingolipids in obesity leads to impairments in insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial metabolism, but the precise species driving these defects is unclear. We have modeled these obesity-induced effects in cultured C2C12 myotubes, using BSA-conjugated palmitate to increase synthesis of endogenous sphingolipids and to inhibit insulin signaling and oxidative phosphorylation. Palmitate (a) induced the accumulation of sphingomyelin (SM) precursors such as sphinganine, dihydroceramide, and ceramide; (b) inhibited insulin stimulation of a central modulator of anabolic metabolism, Akt/PKB; (c) inhibited insulin-stimulated glycogen synthesis; and (d) decreased oxygen consumption and ATP synthesis...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Magdalene K Montgomery, Simon H J Brown, Xin Y Lim, Corrine E Fiveash, Brenna Osborne, Nicholas L Bentley, Jeremy P Braude, Todd W Mitchell, Adelle C F Coster, Anthony S Don, Gregory J Cooney, Carsten Schmitz-Peiffer, Nigel Turner
In a recent study, we showed that in response to high fat feeding C57BL/6, 129X1, DBA/2 and FVB/N mice all developed glucose intolerance, while BALB/c mice displayed minimal deterioration in glucose tolerance and insulin action. Lipidomic analysis of livers across these five strains has revealed marked strain-specific differences in ceramide (Cer) and sphingomyelin (SM) species with high-fat feeding; with increases in C16-C22 (long-chain) and reductions in C>22 (very long-chain) Cer and SM species observed in the four strains that developed HFD-induced glucose intolerance...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Naohiro Hashimoto, Ikiru Matsumoto, Hiromasa Takahashi, Hitomi Ashikawa, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Toshihiko Murayama
Sphingolipids such as sphingomyelin and glycosphingolipids (GSLs) derived from glucosylceramide (GlcCer), in addition to cholesterol, accumulate in cells/neurons in Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC). The activities of acid sphingomyelinase and lysosomal glucocerebrosidase (GCase), which degrade sphingomyelin and GlcCer, respectively, are down-regulated in NPC cells, however, changes in GlcCer synthase activity have not yet been elucidated. We herein demonstrated for the first time that GlcCer synthase activity for the fluorescent ceramide, 4-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole-labeled C6-ceramide (NBD-ceramide) increased in intact NPC1((-/-)) cells and cell lysates without affecting the protein levels...
November 2016: Neuropharmacology
Shidong Hu, Yi Ding, Jie Gong, Nianlong Yan
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is the predominant component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, which can cause severe inflammation in the body. The acute lung injury (ALI) induced by LPS can cause extensive damage to the lung tissue, the severe stage of which is termed acute respiratory distress syndrome, when multiple organ dysfunction syndrome may appear. There are no effective clinical treatment measures at present. The involvement of cluster of differentiation (CD)14 assists LPS in causing inflammatory reactions, and CD14 and sphingomyelin (SM), located in lipid rafts areas, are closely associated...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ivan B Filippenkov, Eugene O Kalinichenko, Svetlana A Limborska, Lyudmila V Dergunova
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) provide a new and relatively unexplored class of noncoding RNAs that are predominantly found in mammalian cells. In this review, we present the latest data regarding the structural organization, possible mechanisms of synthesis, and functions of circRNAs. These transcripts were isolated as an RNA fraction that was resistant to RNase R treatment, which selectively destroys the linear forms of RNA molecules. circRNAs are encoded by orthologous genes in different organisms and show tissue- and organ-specific expression...
July 23, 2016: Neurogenetics
Daisuke Mikami, Shota Sakai, Shigefumi Sasaki, Yasuyuki Igarashi
Asterias amurensis starfish provide several bioactive species in addition to being fishery waste. Glucosyl ceramides (GlcCers) were extracted from the viscera of these starfish and were isolated by silica gel column chromatography. Degraded GlcCers generated A. amurensis sphingoid bases (ASBs) that mainly consisted of the triene-type bases d18:3 and 9-methyl-d18:3. The effect of these bases on ceramide synthesis and content were analyzed using normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs). The bases significantly enhanced the de novo ceramide synthesis and gene expression in NHEKs for proteins, such as serine-palmitoyltransferase and ceramide synthase...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Oleo Science
Guiying Jin, Yang Li, Yuwen Zhu, Lisha Du, Junkai Yan, Qing Yang
Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) has two isoforms of SMS1 and SMS2, the last enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of sphingomyelin (SM), and has impact on the expression of membrane proteins. In the present study, we explored the potential effects of SMS on drug transporters, a special family of membrane proteins in human intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cells. The specific knockdown of SMS1 or SMS2 with siRNA in Caco-2 cells substantially decreased the expression and function of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and multidrug resistance protein 2 (MRP2) rather than other drug transporters MRP1, MRP3, PEPT1, OATP2B1, and BCRP...
July 9, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Ranran Tu, Wei Yang, Zhiping Hu
Oxidative stress plays a key role in brain injury after cerebral ischemia-reperfusion, which contributes toward excessive apoptosis of nerve cells. Therefore, it would be beneficial to identify a therapy that could interfere with the progression of apoptosis and protect the brain from ischemia-reperfusion injury. As ceramide, a well-known second messenger of apoptosis, can be metabolized by sphingomyelin synthase 1 (SMS1), recent research has focused on the link between SMS1 and apoptosis in different cells...
September 7, 2016: Neuroreport
Satoshi Miyamoto, Cheng-Chih Hsu, Gregory Hamm, Manjula Darshi, Maggie Diamond-Stanic, Anne-Emilie Declèves, Larkin Slater, Subramaniam Pennathur, Jonathan Stauber, Pieter C Dorrestein, Kumar Sharma
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is suppressed in diabetes and may be due to a high ATP/AMP ratio, however the quantitation of nucleotides in vivo has been extremely difficult. Via matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI) to localize renal nucleotides we found that the diabetic kidney had a significant increase in glomerular ATP/AMP ratio. Untargeted MALDI-MSI analysis revealed that a specific sphingomyelin species (SM(d18:1/16:0)) accumulated in the glomeruli of diabetic and high-fat diet-fed mice compared with wild-type controls...
May 2016: EBioMedicine
Dongsheng Mou, Hua Yang, Changhua Qu, Juan Chen, Chaogui Zhang
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors, which mediate glucose and lipid homeostasis by regulating the expression of a large number of transcription factors. Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) is a key enzyme in the synthesis of sphingomyelin (SM), and its expression and activity have been reported to be associated with atherosclerosis (AS). Although there have been many functional PPAR and SMS studies on atherosclerosis in recent years, few have investigated the correlation between the activation of PPARδ and the activity of SMS...
August 2016: Inflammation
Gemma L Pearson, Natalie Mellett, Kwan Yi Chu, Ebru Boslem, Peter J Meikle, Trevor J Biden
OBJECTIVE: Glucose promotes lipid remodelling in pancreatic β-cells, and this is thought to contribute to the regulation of insulin secretion, but the metabolic pathways and potential signalling intermediates have not been fully elaborated. METHODS: Using mass spectrometry (MS) we quantified changes in approximately 300 lipid metabolites in MIN6 β-cells and isolated mouse islets following 1 h stimulation with glucose. Flux through sphingolipid pathways was also assessed in (3)H-sphinganine-labelled cells using TLC...
June 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Jiaqiao Wang, June Hu, Zhiliang Jin, Huihui Wan
Despite BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) improved outcome of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), resistance still develops when progresses to blast phase (BP). The mechanisms underlying resistance to TKIs are not well understood. In this study, we analyzed ceramide levels in CD34 cells derived from BP-CML patients and healthy donor bone marrow (BM) using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. We found that ceramide level was significantly lower in BP-CML CD34 compared with normal BM counterparts...
August 2016: Leukemia Research
Stanisław Kamiński, Dorota M Hering, Kamil Oleński, Marek Lecewicz, Władysław Kordan
The aim of the study was to screen the entire bull genome to identify SNP markers and propose candidate genes potentially involved in the variation of sperm membrane integrity in Holstein-Friesian bulls. Two hundred eighty eight bulls kept in one AI center were included in the study. Each bull was genotyped for 54.001 Single Nucleotide Polymorpisms (SNP) by the Illumina BovineSNP50 BeadChip. Commercial straws of frozen-thawed semen were used for the evaluation of sperm plasma membrane integrity (SYBR-14/PI staining) and sperm mitochondrial function (JC1/PI staining)...
July 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
Meikui Wu, Makoto Takemoto, Makoto Taniguchi, Toru Takumi, Toshiro Okazaki, Wen-Jie Song
Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) catalyzes the conversion of phosphatidylcholine and ceramide to sphingomyelin and diacylglycerol. We previously showed that SMS1 deficiency leads to a reduction in expression of the K(+) channel KCNQ1 in the inner ear (Lu MH, Takemoto M, Watanabe K, Luo H, Nishimura M, Yano M, Tomimoto H, Okazaki T, Oike Y, and Song WJ. J Physiol 590: 4029-4044, 2012), causing hearing loss. However, it remains unknown whether this change in expression is attributable to a cellular process or a systemic effect in the knockout animal...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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