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Monday 1 December 2003

Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid that promotes cell survival, proliferation and migration, platelet aggregation, mediates ischemic preconditioning, and is essential for angiogenesis and lymphocyte trafficking.

Sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (SPL) is the enzyme responsible for the irreversible degradation of S1P and is, thus, in a strategic position to regulate these same processes by removing available S1P signaling pools.


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