Lysophospholipases cooperate to mediate lipid homeostasis and lysophospholipid signaling

James A. Wepy, James J. Galligan, Philip J. Kingsley, Shu Xu, Michael C. Goodman, Keri A. Tallman, Carol A. Rouzer, Lawrence J. Marnett

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Abstract Lysophospholipids (LysoPLs) are bioactive lipid species involved in cellular signaling processes and the regulation of cell membrane structure. LysoPLs are metabolized through the action of lysophospholipases, including lysophospholipase A1 (LYPLA1) and lysophospholipase A2 (LYPLA2). A new X-ray crystal structure of LYPLA2 compared with a previously published structure of LYPLA1 demonstrated near-identical folding of the two enzymes; however, LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 have displayed distinct substrate specificities in recombinant enzyme assays. To determine how these in vitro substrate preferences translate into a relevant cellular setting and better understand the enzymes’ role in LysoPL metabolism, CRISPR-Cas9 technology was utilized to generate stable KOs of Lypla1 and/or Lypla2 in Neuro2a cells. Using these cellular models in combination with a targeted lipidomics approach, LysoPL levels were quantified and compared between cell lines to determine the effect of losing lysophospholipase activity on lipid metabolism. This work suggests that LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 are each able to account for the loss of the other to maintain lipid homeostasis in cells; however, when both are deleted, LysoPL levels are dramatically increased, causing phenotypic and morphological changes to the cells.—Wepy, J. A., James J. Galligan, P. J. Kingsley, S. Xu, M. C. Goodman, K. A. Tallman, C. A. Rouzer, and L. J. Marnett. Lysophospholipases cooperate to mediate lipid homeostasis and lysophospholipid signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-374
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain lipids
  • Eicosanoids
  • Fatty acid
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Lipidomics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Neurons
  • Prostaglandins
  • Protein kinases/MAP kinase
  • X-ray crystallography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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