Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors

Prostaglandins Other Lipid Mediat. 2001 Apr;64(1-4):135-42. doi: 10.1016/s0090-6980(01)00109-5.


Sphingosine-1-phosphate (SPP) is a bioactive lipid produced from the metabolism of sphingomyelin. It is an important constituent of serum and regulates cell growth, survival, migration, differentiation and gene expression. Its mode of action has been enigmatic; however, recent findings have shown that a family of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) of the endothelial differentiation gene (EDG) family serve as plasma membrane-localized receptors for SPP. Furthermore, the EDG receptors appear to be SPP receptor subtypes with distinct signaling characteristics. In vascular endothelial cells, SPP acts on EDG-1 and EDG-3 subtypes of receptors to induce cell survival and morphogenesis. Such pathways appear to be critical for SPP-induced angiogenic response in vivo. In addition, the EDG-1 gene is essential for vascular maturation in development. Moreover, developmental studies in Zebrafish have indicated that SPP signaling via the EDG-5 like receptor Miles Apart (Mil) is essential for heart development. These data strongly suggest that a physiological role of SPP is in the formation of the cardiovascular system. Despite these recent findings, much needs to be clarified with respect to the physiological role of SPP synthesis and action. This review will focus on the recent findings on SPP receptors and the effects on the cardiovascular system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Lysophospholipids*
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled*
  • Receptors, Lysophospholipid
  • Signal Transduction
  • Sphingosine / analogs & derivatives
  • Sphingosine / metabolism*


  • Lysophospholipids
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Lysophospholipid
  • sphingosine 1-phosphate
  • Sphingosine