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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2008 Sep;1781(9):435-41. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2008.07.001. Epub 2008 Jul 14.

Sphingosine-1-phosphate regulation of mammalian development.

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Genetics of Development and Disease Branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1821, USA.

Abstract

Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) was first identified as a lysophospholipid metabolite whose formation is required for the irreversible degradation of sphingolipids. Years later, it was discovered that S1P is a bioactive lipid that provokes varied cell responses by acting through cell-surface receptors to drive cell signaling. More recent findings in model organisms have now established that S1P metabolism and signaling are integrated into many physiological systems. We describe here the surprising breadth of function of S1P in mammalian development and the underlying biologic processes that S1P regulates.

PMID:
18675379
PMCID:
PMC2562162
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbalip.2008.07.001
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