Aliases for ASAH2 Gene
External Ids for ASAH2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for ASAH2 Gene
Ceramidases (EC 126.96.36.199), such as ASAH2, catalyze hydrolysis of the N-acyl linkage of ceramide, a second messenger in a variety of cellular events, to produce sphingosine. Sphingosine exerts both mitogenic and apoptosis-inducing activities, and its phosphorylated form functions as an intra- and intercellular second messenger (see MIM 603730) (Mitsutake et al., 2001 [PubMed 11328816]).[supplied by OMIM, Mar 2008]
GeneCards Summary for ASAH2 Gene
ASAH2 (N-Acylsphingosine Amidohydrolase (Non-Lysosomal Ceramidase) 2) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ASAH2 include obstructive jaundice and sphingolipidosis. Among its related pathways are Sphingolipid metabolism and Sphingolipid metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include ceramidase activity. An important paralog of this gene is ASAH2B.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ASAH2 Gene
Hydrolyzes the sphingolipid ceramide into sphingosine and free fatty acid at an optimal pH of 6.5-8.5. Acts as a key regulator of sphingolipid signaling metabolites by generating sphingosine at the cell surface. Acts as a repressor of apoptosis both by reducing C16-ceramide, thereby preventing ceramide-induced apoptosis, and generating sphingosine, a precursor of the antiapoptotic factor sphingosine 1-phosphate. Probably involved in the digestion of dietary sphingolipids in intestine by acting as a key enzyme for the catabolism of dietary sphingolipids and regulating the levels of bioactive sphingolipid metabolites in the intestinal tract.
Ceramidases (EC 188.8.131.52) are a group of enzymes which catalyze the hydrolysis of ceramides to produce sphingosine, which subsequently undergoes phosphorylation to generate sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). Ceramide and its downstream products, sphingosine and S1P, are bioactive lipids that mediate various cellular processes including cell growth arrest, differentiation and apoptosis