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N-C17:0-D-erythro-dihydroceramide; N-Heptadecanoyl-D-erythro-sphinganine

This product is a high purity, well-defined dihydroceramide that is ideal as an internal standard and in biological systems. Dihydroceramide is a critical intermediate in the de novo synthesis of ceramide, leading to many complex sphingolipids. It is synthesized by the acylation of sphinganine and is subsequently converted to ceramide via the enzyme dihydroceramide desaturase or into phytosphingosine via the enzyme C4-hydroxylase.1 Inhibition of ceramide synthase by some fungal toxins (such as fumonisin B1) causes an accumulation of dihydrosphingosine and sphinganine-1-phosphate and a decrease in dihydroceramide and other dihydrosphingolipids, leading to a number of diseases including oesophageal cancer.2 The dihydroceramide desaturase inhibitor N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl) retinamide (4-HPR) has been tested as an anti-cancer agent. It inhibits the dihydroceramide desaturase enzyme in cells resulting in a high concentration of dihydroceramide and dihydrosphingolipids and this is thought to be the cause of its anti-cancer effects.3 Oxidative stress in cells causes an increase in the amount of dihydroceramide by potently inhibiting the desaturase enzyme.4 Dihydroceramide inhibits the formation of channels by ceramides and may thus reduce ceramide induced apoptosis in cells.5 While ceramide is well known for promoting apoptosis, dihydroceramide has long been considered to be inactive. However, there has recently been evidence that an accumulation of dihydroceramide can induce cell cycle arrest.6
Cat# Size Price Qty Buy
2083 5 mg £140.63

Additional Information

Property Value or Rating
Product Size 5 mg
Manufacturer Matreya, LLC
Empirical Formula C35H71NO3
Formula Weight 553.9
Solvent none
Source synthetic
Purity 98+%
Analytical Methods TLC, HPLC, identity confirmed by MS
Natural Source Synthetic
Solubility chloroform/methanol 5:1, hot ethanol, DMSO
Physical Appearance A neat solid
Storage -20°C

1. Y. Mizutani, A. Kihara, and Y. Igarashi “Identifcation of the human sphingolipid C4-hydroxylase, hDES2, and its up-regulation during keratinocyte differentiation” FEBS Letters, vol. 563 pp. 93-97, 2004 
2. J. Soriano et al. “Mechanism of action of sphingolipids and their metabolites in the toxicity of fumonisin B1” Progress in Lipid Research, Vol. 44 pp. 345-356, 2005 
3. W. Zheng “Fenretinide increases dihydroceramide and dihydrosphingolipids due to inhibition of dihydroceramide desaturase” Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006 
4. J. Idkowiak-Baldys et al. “Dihydroceramide Desaturase Activity is Modulated by Oxidative Stress” Biochem. J., Vol. 427(2) pp. 265-274, 2010 
5. J. Stiban et al. “Dihydroceramide hinders ceramide channel formation: Implications on apoptosis” Apoptosis, Vol. 11(5) pp. 773-780, 2006 
6. J. Kraveka et al. “Involvement Of The Dihydroceramide Desaturase In Cell Cycle Progression In Human Neuroblastoma Cells” Journal of Biological Chemistry., Vol. 282(23) pp. 16718-16728, 2007

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