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Cytosolic phospholipase A2α: A tale of two functions | 8145
Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics

Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2153-0637

Cytosolic phospholipase A2α: A tale of two functions


2nd International Conference and Expo on Lipids: Metabolism, Nutrition & Health

October 03-05, 2016 Orlando, USA

Charles E Chalfant

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, USA

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Glycomics Lipidomics

Abstract :

New roles for sphingolipids such as ceramide, ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) and sphingosine-1-phosphate continue to emerge. My research, for example, has implicated C1P as a major regulator of eicosanoid synthesis, and despite the importance of eicosanoids in the inflammatory process, the regulation of eicosanoid synthesis proximal to the activation of Group IVA phospholipase A2 (cPLA2�?±) is still an enigma. In this regard, my laboratory demonstrated that C1P is a direct and required lipid co-factor for cPLA2�?± activation in cellular models. In further studies, the interaction site for C1P was localized to the calcium-lipid binding domain (C2 domain) of the enzyme allowing for the genetic ablation of the site in vivo via the generation of a cPLA2�?± knock-in (KI) mouse. In this lecture, the characterization of this new mouse model in comparison to the full genetic ablation of the enzyme will be presented. Specifically, the loss of the C1P/cPLA2�?± interaction induced a classswitch in the production specific eicosanoids and specialized lipid mediators driving both sepsis resistance and accelerated wound repair. In further mechanistic studies, C1P was found to modulate the substrate specificity of cPLA2�?± explaining the â�?�?class switchâ�? as to bioactive lipid mediators observed in the cPLA2�?± KI mouse. Overall, these observations led to two new findings: 1) C1P is a pro-inflammatory signaling molecule that directs cPLA2�?± in the utilization of primarily phospholipids with sn-2 arachidonic acid, while simultaneously blocking the utilization of phospholipids with sn-2 docosahexaenoic acid; and 2) cPLA2�?± has previously overlooked functions in the resolution of inflammation and immune responses.

Biography :

Charles E Chalfant has received his PhD from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine and was an NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow at both Duke Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina under Dr. Yusuf Hannun. He is currently a GS-15 Research Career Scientist at the Richmond VAMC. He is also a Tenured Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), School of Medicine. He currently holds the Paul M Corman, MD Endowed Chair in Cancer Research for the VCU Massey Cancer Center and has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals.

Email: charles.chalfant@vcuhealth.org

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