Topical Collection "Sphingolipid Signaling in Health and Disease"
Sphingolipids have long been known as important structural components of biological membranes. This view has drastically changed after groundbreaking discoveries in the early 1990s, which showed that certain sphingolipid subspecies are bioactive and are able to induce signal transduction and regulate fundamental cellular responses such as cell proliferation and survival, differentiation, apoptosis, and migration. Evidence is now increasing that the dysregulation of sphingolipid signaling contributes to the pathogenesis of multiple diseases, including inflammation, pain, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular dysfunction, organ fibrosis, and various neurodegenerative diseases. Nevertheless, the exact molecular mechanisms used by sphingolipids to mediate the cellular effects are still not completely understood. Also, the regulation of those enzymes that catalyze the generation and interconversion of sphingolipids, although being cloned and known for decades, are not well described.
This Topical Collection is dedicated to shedding light on the molecular mechanisms used by bioactive sphingolipids, including sphingosine, ceramides, glycosphingolipids, and phosphorylated sphingoids, and to better characterize their involvement in physiological, pathophysiological, and pathological conditions. Furthermore, advances in the development of new drugs and strategies to manipulate sphingolipid-regulating enzymes and receptors for therapeutic applications are welcome.
Prof. Andrea Huwiler
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