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Plant sphingolipids: decoding the enigma of the Sphinx.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20028469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sphingolipids are a ubiquitous class of lipids present in a variety of organisms including eukaryotes and bacteria. In the last two decades, research has focused on characterizing the individual species of this complex family of lipids, which has led to a new field of research called 'sphingolipidomics'. There are at least 500 (and perhaps thousands of) different molecular species of sphingolipids in cells, and in Arabidopsis alone it has been reported that there are at least 168 different sphingolipids. Plant sphingolipids can be divided into four classes: glycosyl inositol phosphoceramides (GIPCs), glycosylceramides, ceramides, and free long-chain bases (LCBs). Numerous enzymes involved in plant sphingolipid metabolism have now been cloned and characterized, and, in general, there is broad conservation in the way in which sphingolipids are metabolized in animals, yeast and plants. Here, we review the diversity of sphingolipids reported in the literature, some of the recent advances in our understanding of sphingolipid metabolism in plants, and the physiological roles that sphingolipids and sphingolipid metabolites play in plant physiology.
Mickael O Pata; Yusuf A Hannun; Carl K-Y Ng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-12-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New phytologist     Volume:  185     ISSN:  1469-8137     ISO Abbreviation:  New Phytol.     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-01     Completed Date:  2010-06-16     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882884     Medline TA:  New Phytol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  611-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ceramides / chemistry,  metabolism
Plants / metabolism*
Sphingolipids / chemistry,  classification,  metabolism*
Grant Support
CA87584/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 CA087584/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 CA087584-09/CA/NCI NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ceramides; 0/Sphingolipids

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