IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: sphingosine kinase

Reaction: ATP + a sphingoid base = ADP + a sphingoid base 1-phosphate

Other name(s): SPHK1 (gene name); SPHK2 (gene name); dihydrosphingosine kinase; dihydrosphingosine kinase (phosphorylating); sphingosine kinase (phosphorylating); sphingoid base kinase; sphinganine kinase; ATP:sphinganine 1-phosphotransferase

Systematic name: ATP:sphingoid base 1-phosphotransferase

Comments: The enzyme is involved in the production of sphingolipid metabolites. It phosphorylates various sphingoid long-chain bases, such as sphingosine, D-erythro-dihydrosphingosine (sphinganine), phytosphingosine (4-hydroxysphinganine), 4-hydroxy-8-sphingenine, 4,8-sphingadienine and D-threo-dihydrosphingosine and L-threo-dihydrosphingosine. The exact substrate range depends on the species.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 50864-48-7


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