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Front Oncol. 2012 Dec 3;2:168. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2012.00168. eCollection 2012.

Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors and sphingosine kinase 1: novel biomarkers for clinical prognosis in breast, prostate, and hematological cancers.

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Cell Biology Group, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK.


There is substantial evidence for a role in cancer of the bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), the enzyme sphingosine kinase 1 (that catalyses S1P formation) and S1P-specific G protein-coupled receptors. This perspective highlights recent findings demonstrating that sphingosine kinase 1 and S1P receptors are new important biomarkers for detection of early cancer and progression to aggressive cancer. The impact of the sub-cellular distribution of S1P metabolizing enzymes and S1P receptors and their spatial functional interaction with oncogenes is considered with respect to prognostic outcome. These findings suggest that S1P, in addition to being a biomarker of clinical prognosis, might also be a new therapeutic target for intervention in cancer.


disease-specific survival; estrogen receptor; recurrence; sphingosine 1-phosphate; triple negative breast cancer

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