Discovery and evaluation of inhibitors of human sphingosine kinase.

Sphingolipid-metabolizing enzymes control the dynamic balance of the cellular levels of bioactive lipids, including the proapoptotic compound ceramide and the proliferative compound sphingosine 1-phosphate. Accumulating evidence indicates that sphingosine kinase (SK) plays a pivotal role in regulating tumor growth and that SK can act as an oncogene. Despite… (More)