Sphingolipids and the unfolded protein response

Melissa K. Bennett, Craig T. Wallington-Beddoe, Stuart M. Pitson

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The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a response by the endoplasmic reticulum to stress, classically caused by any disruption to cell homeostasis that results in an accumulation in unfolded proteins. However, there is an increasing body of research demonstrating that the UPR can also be activated by changes in lipid homeostasis, including changes in sphingolipid metabolism. Sphingolipids are a family of bioactive lipids with important roles in both the formation and integrity of cellular membranes, and regulation of key cellular processes, including cell proliferation and apoptosis. Bi-directional interactions between sphingolipids and the UPR have now been observed in a range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and liver disease. Determining how these two key cellular components influence each other could play an important role in deciphering the causes of these diseases and potentially reveal new therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1483-1494
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Ceramide
  • Endoplasmic reticulum stress
  • Sphingolipids
  • Unfolded protein response


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