Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders

Mark P. Mattson, Roy G. Cutler, Norman Haughey

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Abstract

Sphingolipids are a prominent type of membrane phospholipid in eukaryotic cells and are particularly abundant in the nervous systems of mammals. They consist of a glycerol backbone with a phosphocholine zwitterionic hydrophilic headgroup and two long hydrocarbon chains that form a hydrophobic domain (Fig. 1). The hydrocarbon chains of sphingomyelin are relatively long (>20 carbons) and contain more saturated bonds than are present in phosphatidylcholine. Sphingomyelin contributes prominently to the biophysical properties of membranes, and in particular, the large disparity in the lengths of the two chains of sphingomyelin may allow for interdigitation between the hydrocarbons in the two opposing monolayers of the phospholipid bilayer, thereby providing a means for coupling-phase separation with the marked curvature of cell membranes. Sphingolipids also have a Tm near body temperature (37°C). The collective biophysical properties of sphingolipids suggest that they play important roles in the formation of specialized domains in membranes such as lipid rafts. Sphingolipid synthesis is initiated by serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT), which catalyzes the condensation of palmitoyl-CoA (acyl) with serine to form 3-dihydrosphinganine, and additional biosynthetic steps result in formation of sphingosine, which is then acylated to form ceramide. Choline can then be added to ceramide by choline-phosphotransferase, which results in the synthesis of sphingomyelin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMembrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Pages143-160
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781592598038, 159259803X, 9781588293541
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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Sphingolipids
Sphingomyelins
Lipid Metabolism
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Hydrocarbons
Aging of materials
Ceramides
Choline
Membranes
Phospholipids
Serine C-Palmitoyltransferase
Palmitoyl Coenzyme A
Sphingosine
Mammals
Phosphorylcholine
Neurology
Eukaryotic Cells
Cell membranes
Body Temperature
Phosphatidylcholines

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Mattson, M. P., Cutler, R. G., & Haughey, N. (2005). Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. In Membrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine (pp. 143-160). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1385/1-59259-803-X:143

Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. / Mattson, Mark P.; Cutler, Roy G.; Haughey, Norman.

Membrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine. Humana Press Inc., 2005. p. 143-160.

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Mattson, MP, Cutler, RG & Haughey, N 2005, Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. in Membrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine. Humana Press Inc., pp. 143-160. https://doi.org/10.1385/1-59259-803-X:143
Mattson MP, Cutler RG, Haughey N. Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. In Membrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine. Humana Press Inc. 2005. p. 143-160 https://doi.org/10.1385/1-59259-803-X:143
Mattson, Mark P. ; Cutler, Roy G. ; Haughey, Norman. / Alterations in raft lipid metabolism in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Membrane Microdomain Signaling: Lipid Rafts in Biology and Medicine. Humana Press Inc., 2005. pp. 143-160
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