S1P lyase: a novel therapeutic target for ischemia-reperfusion injury of the heart.
ABSTRACT Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive sphingolipid that promotes cardiomyocyte survival and contributes to ischemic preconditioning. S1P lyase (SPL) is a stress-activated enzyme responsible for irreversible S1P catabolism. We hypothesized that SPL contributes to oxidative stress by depleting S1P pools available for cardioprotective signaling. Accordingly, we evaluated SPL inhibition as a strategy for reducing cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. We measured SPL expression and enzyme activity in murine hearts. Basal SPL activity was low in wild-type cardiac tissue but was activated in response to 50 min of ischemia (n = 5, P < 0.01). Hearts of heterozygous SPL knockout mice exhibited reduced SPL activity, elevated S1P levels, smaller infarct size, and increased functional recovery after I/R compared with littermate controls (n = 5, P < 0.01). The small molecule tetrahydroxybutylimidazole (THI) is a Federal Drug Administration-approved food additive that inhibits SPL. When given overnight at 25 mg/l in drinking water, THI raised S1P levels and reduced SPL activity (n = 5, P < 0.01). THI reduced infarct size and enhanced hemodynamic recovery in response to 50 min of ischemia and to 40 min of reperfusion in ex vivo hearts (n = 7, P < .01). These data correlated with an increase in MAP kinase-interacting serine/threonine kinase 1, eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E, and ribosomal protein S6 phosphorylation levels after I/R, suggesting that SPL inhibition enhances protein translation. Pretreatment with an S1P₁ and S1P₃ receptor antagonist partially reversed the effects of THI. These results reveal, for the first time, that SPL is an ischemia-induced enzyme that can be targeted as a novel strategy for preventing cardiac I/R injury.
- SourceAvailable from: ncbi.nlm.nih.govAdvances in enzyme regulation 11/2009; 50(1):349-62.
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ABSTRACT: During nearly a decade of research dedicated to the study of sphingosine signaling pathways, we identified sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (S1PL) as a drug target for the treatment of autoimmune disorders. S1PL catalyzes the irreversible decomposition of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) by a retro-aldol fragmentation that yields hexadecanaldehyde and phosphoethanolamine. Genetic models demonstrated that mice expressing reduced S1PL activity had decreased numbers of circulating lymphocytes due to altered lymphocyte trafficking, which prevented disease development in multiple models of autoimmune disease. Mechanistic studies of lymphoid tissue following oral administration of 2-acetyl-4(5)-(1(R),2(S),3(R),4-tetrahydroxybutyl)-imidazole (THI) 3 showed a clear relationship between reduced lyase activity, elevated S1P levels, and lower levels of circulating lymphocytes. Our internal medicinal chemistry efforts discovered potent analogues of 3 bearing heterocycles as chemical equivalents of the pendant carbonyl present in the parent structure. Reduction of S1PL activity by oral administration of these analogues recapitulated the phenotype of mice with genetically reduced S1PL expression.Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2009; 52(13):3941-53. · 5.61 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid that regulates cell proliferation, survival and migration and plays an essential role in angiogenesis and lymphocyte trafficking. S1P levels in the circulation and tissues are tightly regulated for proper cell functioning, and dysregulation of this system may contribute to the pathophysiology of certain human diseases. Sphingosine phosphate lyase (SPL) irreversibly degrades S1P and thereby acts as a gatekeeper that regulates S1P signaling by modulating intracellular S1P levels and the chemical S1P gradient that exists between lymphoid organs and circulating blood and lymph. However, SPL also generates biochemical products that may be relevant in human disease. SPL has been directly implicated in various physiological and pathological processes, including cell stress responses, cancer, immunity, hematopoietic function, muscle homeostasis, inflammation and development. This review summarizes the current know-ledge of SPL structure, function and regulation, its involvement in various disease states and currently available small molecules known to modulate SPL activity. This review provides evidence that SPL is a potential target for pharmacological manipulation for the treatment of malignant, autoimmune, inflammatory and other diseases.Expert opinion on therapeutic targets 07/2009; 13(8):1013-25. · 3.72 Impact Factor