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submitted on 05.08.2020 and posted on 06.08.2020by Eduardo Izquierdo, Mireia Casasampere, Gemma Fabriàs, José Luis Abad, Josefina Casas, Antonio Delgado
Ceramides are recognized to occupy a pivotal position in sphingolipid metabolism, playing a
fundamental role as membrane structural components, as well as second messengers. Ceramide
synthases (CerS) are a family of enzymes that catalyze the N-acylation of sphingosine and
dihydrosphingosine, thus controlling the levels of intracellular ceramides. In this work, we
present the synthesis and the fluorescent properties of new probes for the development of a
FRET-based assay for CerS activity. Based on our previous discovery of spisulosine as a
suitable probe for CerS activity in cells, the use of a modified NBD-spisulosine with a clickable
fatty acid as CerS substrates may allow the ultimate formation of a bichromophoric reporter for
a FRET-based analysis of CerS activity in cells.