Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 deficiency is associated with lung anomalies similar to emphysema

Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 deficiency is associated with lung anomalies similar to emphysema Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2) upregulation was recently demonstrated to serve as a molecular link between smoke inhalation and emphysematous changes in lungs. Here we report that nSMase2 deficit impairs lung development in mice. We have shown previously that fragilitas ossium (fro) mice carry a mutation in the Smpd3 gene, rendering nSMase2 catalytically inactive. Analysis of lung phenotype revealed that fro mice have abnormally enlarged alveoli and increased compliance of the respiratory system, similar to morphological and functional manifestations of emphysema. Analysis of sphingolipid content in fro lungs revealed a decreased level of C14:0 ceramide but no significant alterations in the levels of sphingosine or sphingosine-1-phosphate. Altogether, our data suggest that nSMase2 activity and ceramide level are critical for lung development and function. Based on our data, ceramide can no longer be viewed as a lipid solely detrimental to lung function. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mammalian Genome Springer Journals

Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 deficiency is associated with lung anomalies similar to emphysema

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Life Sciences; Cell Biology; Zoology; Anatomy
ISSN
0938-8990
eISSN
1432-1777
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00335-012-9419-x
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Abstract

Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2) upregulation was recently demonstrated to serve as a molecular link between smoke inhalation and emphysematous changes in lungs. Here we report that nSMase2 deficit impairs lung development in mice. We have shown previously that fragilitas ossium (fro) mice carry a mutation in the Smpd3 gene, rendering nSMase2 catalytically inactive. Analysis of lung phenotype revealed that fro mice have abnormally enlarged alveoli and increased compliance of the respiratory system, similar to morphological and functional manifestations of emphysema. Analysis of sphingolipid content in fro lungs revealed a decreased level of C14:0 ceramide but no significant alterations in the levels of sphingosine or sphingosine-1-phosphate. Altogether, our data suggest that nSMase2 activity and ceramide level are critical for lung development and function. Based on our data, ceramide can no longer be viewed as a lipid solely detrimental to lung function.

Journal

Mammalian GenomeSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 4, 2012

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