Dihydroceramide desaturase

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Dihydroceramide desaturase
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Dihydroceramide desaturase is the enzyme involved in the conversion of dihydroceramide into ceramide by inserting the 4,5-trans-double bond to the sphingolipid backbone of dihydroceramide. DDase require the O2 and the NAD(P)H as cofactor.[1]

The activity of DDase is influenced by several factors as 1.alkyl chain length of the sphingoid base (in the order C18 > C12 > C8) and fatty acid (C8 > C18)2. The stereochemistry of the sphingoid base (D-erythro- > L-threo-dihydroceramides)3.the nature of the headgroup, with the highest activity with dihydroceramide, but some (approximately 20%) activity with dihydroglucosylceramide 4. The ability to utilize alternative reductants like ascorbic acid could substitute for a reduced pyridine nucleotide, but it act as inhibitory at higher concentrations.

N-[(1R,2S)-2-hydroxy-1-hydroxymethyl-2-(2-tridecyl-1-cyclopropenyl)ethyl]octanamide (GT11), is the inhibitor DDase activity.[2]


  1. ^ Rahmaniyan, Mehrdad; Curley, Robert W., Jr.; Obeid, Lina M.; Hannun, Yusuf A.; Kraveka, Jacqueline M. (13 April 2011). "Identification of Dihydroceramide Desaturase as a Direct in Vitro Target for Fenretinide". J. Biol. Chem. 286 (28): 24754–64. PMC 3137051Freely accessible. PMID 21543327. doi:10.1074/jbc.M111.250779. 
  2. ^ Triola, G; Fabrias, G; Dragusin, M; Niederhausen, L; Broere, R; Llebaria, A; van Echten-Deckert, G (Dec 2004). "Specificity of the Dihydroceramide Desaturase Inhibitor N-[(1R,2S)-2-Hydroxy-1-hydroxymethyl-2-(2-tridecyl-1-cyclopropenyl)ethyl]octanamide (GT11) in Primary Cultured Cerebellar Neurons". Mol Pharmacol. 66 (6): 1671–8. PMID 15371559. doi:10.1124/mol.104.003681.