Sphingolipids and atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis. 2013 Jan;226(1):16-28. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2012.08.041. Epub 2012 Sep 29.


The atherosclerotic lesion contains a high amount of sphingolipids, a large group of structurally diverse lipids that regulate distinct biological functions beyond their role as structural membrane components. Assessment of their role in atherogenesis has been enabled after genes that regulate their metabolism had been identified and facilitated by the more wide availability of mass spectrometry. Here we discuss recent mechanistic insights obtained in animal and epidemiological studies that have greatly enhanced our understanding of mechanisms how sphingolipids affect the atherosclerotic process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atherosclerosis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Sphingolipids / physiology*


  • Sphingolipids