Cloning and characterization of a novel human alkaline ceramidase. A mammalian enzyme that hydrolyzes phytoceramide.


Ceramidases are enzymes involved in regulating cellular levels of ceramides, sphingoid bases, and their phosphates. Based on sequence homology to the yeast alkaline ceramidases YPC1p (Mao, C., Xu, R., Bielawska, A., and Obeid, L. M. (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275, 6876--6884) and YDC1p (Mao, C., Xu, R., Bielawska, A., Szulc, Z. M., and Obeid, L. M. (2000) J… (More)

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