IMR Press / FBL / Volume 16 / Issue 5 / DOI: 10.2741/3822

Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark (FBL) is published by IMR Press from Volume 26 Issue 5 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on imrpress.com as a courtesy and upon agreement with Frontiers in Bioscience.

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Sphingolipid abnormalities in psychiatric disorders: a missing link in pathology?
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1 Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Academic Editor: Elizabeth A. Thomas

Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2011, 16(5), 1797–1810; https://doi.org/10.2741/3822
Published: 1 January 2011
Abstract

Sphingolipids are biologically active lipids ubiquitously expressed in all vertebrate cells, especially those in the CNS. Aside from their essential roles as structural components of cell membranes, studies over the past two decades have shown that they play vital roles in cellular signaling, cell differentiation and proliferation, apoptosis and inflammation. Given these properties, it is not surprising that disruption of sphingolipid metabolism is strongly associated with several diseases that exhibit diverse neurological, psychiatric, and metabolic consequences. Here, we review the emerging roles of sphingolipids in disease pathogenesis in psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Understanding sphingolipid metabolism and it dysregulation in human disease is significant for the development of new therapeutic approaches.

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