Sphingolipids in Disease pp 275-303

Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 216)

Regulation of the Sphingosine Kinase/Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Pathway



Sphingolipids have emerged as pleiotropic signaling molecules with roles in numerous cellular and biological functions. Defining the regulatory mechanisms governing sphingolipid metabolism is crucial in order to develop a complete understanding of the biological functions of sphingolipid metabolites. The sphingosine kinase/ sphingosine 1-phosphate pathway was originally thought to function in the irreversible breakdown of sphingoid bases; however, in the last few decades it has materialized as an extremely important signaling pathway involved in a plethora of cellular events contributing to both normal and pathophysiological events. Recognition of the SK/S1P pathway as a second messaging system has aided in the identification of many mechanisms of its regulation; however, a cohesive, global understanding of the regulatory mechanisms controlling the SK/S1P pathway is lacking. In this chapter, the role of the SK/S1P pathway as a second messenger is discussed, and its role in mediating TNF-α- and EGF-induced biologies is examined. This work provides a comprehensive look into the roles and regulation of the sphingosine kinase/ sphingosine 1-phosphate pathway and highlights the potential of the pathway as a therapeutic target.


sphingolipids growth factors epidermal growth factor (EGF) platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) tumor necrosis-α (TNFα) cytokines interleukin tumor growth factor-β (TGFβ) hormones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and PathobiologyThe Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.The Department of MedicineHealth Science Center, Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.The Northport VA Medical CenterNorthportUSA

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