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Activities of genes controlling sphingolipid metabolism in human fibroblasts treated with flavonoids

Moskot, Marta and Jakóbkiewicz-Banecka, Joanna and Smolińska, Elwira and Banecki, Bogdan and Węgrzyn, Grzegorz and Gabig-Cimińska, Magdalena (2015) Activities of genes controlling sphingolipid metabolism in human fibroblasts treated with flavonoids. Metabolic Brain Disease, 30 . pp. 1257-1267.

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Natural flavonoids such as genistein, kaempferol and daidzein were previously found to be able to reduce efficiency of glycosaminoglycan synthesis in cells of patients suffering from mucopolysaccharidoses, inherited metabolic diseases with often brain disease symptoms. This feature was employed to test these compounds as potential drugs for treatment other neuronopathic lysosomal storage disorders, in which errors in sphingolipid metabolism occur. In this report, on the basis of DNA microarray analyses and quantitative real time PCR experiments, we present evidence that these compounds modify expression of genes coding for enzymes required for metabolism of sphingolipids in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFa). Expression of several genes involved in sphingolipid synthesis was impaired by tested flavonoids. Therefore, it is tempting to speculate that they may be considered as potential drugs in treatment of LSD, in which accumulation of sphingolipids, especially glycosphingolipids, occurs. Nevertheless, further studies on more advances models are required to test this hypothesis and to assess a therapeutic potential for flavonoids in this group of metabolic brain diseases.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions:Laboratory of Molecular Biology (in Gdansk)
ID Code:1135
Deposited By: Prof. Magdalena Gabig-Cimińska
Deposited On:29 Feb 2016 14:57
Last Modified:29 Feb 2016 14:57

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