An update on sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 modulators

Alexander Marciniak, Sara M. Camp, Joe GN Garcia, Robin L Polt

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Sphingolipids represent an essential class of lipids found in all eukaryotes, and strongly influence cellular signal transduction. Autoimmune diseases like asthma and multiple sclerosis (MS) are mediated by the sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1P1) to express a variety of symptoms and disease patterns. Inspired by its natural substrate, an array of artificial sphingolipid derivatives has been developed to target this specific G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) in an attempt to suppress autoimmune disorders. FTY720, also known as fingolimod, is the first oral disease-modifying therapy for MS on the market. In pursuit of improved stability, bioavailability, and efficiency, structural analogues of this initial prodrug have emerged over time. This review covers a brief introduction to the sphingolipid metabolism, the mechanism of action on S1P1, and an updated overview of synthetic sphingosine S1P1 agonists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Autoimmune modulators
  • S1P agonists
  • Sphingolipids
  • Sphingosine-1-phosphate
  • Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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