Anionic lipids activate group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2 via distinct and separate mechanisms

Preeti Subramanian, Mohsin Vora, Luciana B. Gentile, Robert V. Stahelin, Charles E. Chalfant

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Previously, ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) and phosphatidylinositol-4,5- bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] were demonstrated to be potent and specific activators of group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA 2α). In this study, we hypothesized that these anionic lipids functionally activated the enzyme by distinctly different mechanisms. Indeed, surface plasmon resonance and surface dilution kinetics demonstrated that C1P was a more potent effector than PI(4,5)P2 in decreasing the dissociation constant of the cPLA2α-phosphatidylcholine (PC) interaction and increasing the residence time of the enzyme on the vesicles/micelles. PI(4,5)P2, in contrast to C1P, decreased the Michaelis-Menten constant, increasing the catalytic efficiency of the enzyme. Furthermore, PI(4,5)P2 activated cPLA2α with a stoichiometry of 1:1 versus C1P at 2.4:1. Lastly, PI(4,5)P2, but not C1P, increased the penetration ability of cPLA2α into PC-rich membranes. Therefore, this study demonstrates two distinct mechanisms for the activation of cPLA2α by anionic lipids. First, C1P activates cPLA2α by increasing the residence time of the enzyme on membranes. Second, PI(4,5)P2 activates the enzyme by increasing catalytic efficiency through increased membrane penetration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2701-2708
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Ceramide kinase
  • Ceramide-1-phosphate
  • Eicosanoids
  • Inflammation
  • Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate
  • Prostaglandins
  • Surface dilution kinetics
  • Surface plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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