Journal article

Roles of ceramide and sphingolipids in pancreatic beta-cell function and dysfunction

Ebru Boslem, Peter J Meikle, Trevor J Biden

Islets | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Recent technical advances have re-invigorated the study of sphingolipid metabolism in general, and helped to highlight the varied and important roles that sphingolipids play in pancreatic β-cells. Sphingolipid metabolites such as ceramide, glycosphingolipids, sphingosine 1-phosphate and gangliosides modulate many β-cell signaling pathways and processes implicated in β-cell diabetic disease such as apoptosis, β-cell cytokine secretion, ER-to-golgi vesicular trafficking, islet autoimmunity and insulin gene expression. They are particularly relevant to lipotoxicity. Moreover, the de novo synthesis of sphingolipids occurs on many subcellular membranes, in parallel to secretory vesicle formation,..

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