Lysophospholipid receptor

Lysophospholipid receptor

The lysophospholipid receptor (LPL-R) group are members of the G protein-coupled receptor family of integral membrane proteins that are important for lipid signaling.[1] In humans, there are eight LPL receptors, each encoded by a separate gene. These LPL receptor genes are also sometimes referred to as "Edg” (an acronym for endothelial differentiation gene).


The ligands for LPL-R group are the lysophospholipid extracellular signaling molecules, lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P).

Origin of name

The term lysophospholipid (LPL) refers to any phospholipid that is missing one of its two O-acyl chains. Thus, LPLs have a free alcohol in either the sn-1 or the sn-2 position. The prefix 'lyso-' comes from the fact that lysophospholipids were originally found to be hemolytic, however it is now used to refer generally to phospholipids missing an acyl chain. LPLs are usually the result of phospholipase A-type enzymatic activity on regular phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine or phosphatidic acid, although they can also be generated by the acylation of glycerophospholipids or the phosphorylation of monoacylglycerols. Some LPLs serve important signaling functions such as lysophosphatidic acid.


LPL receptor ligands bind to and activate their cognate receptors located in the cell membrane. Depending on which ligand, receptor, and cell type is involved, the activated receptor can have a range of effects on the cell. These include primary effects of inhibition of adenylyl cyclase and release of calcium from the endoplasmic reticulum, as well as secondary effects of preventing apoptosis and increasing cell proliferation.[2]

Group members

The following is a list of the eight known human LPL receptors:[1][3][4]

Gene Symbol IUPHAR Symbol Gene / Protein Name Agonist Ligand Synonyms
LPAR1 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 1 LPA EDG2
LPAR2 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 2 " EDG4
LPAR3 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 3 " EDG7
LPAR4 LPA4 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 4 " GPR23
LPAR5 LPA5 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 5 " GPR92
LPAR6 LPA6 lysophosphatidic acid receptor 6 " P2RY5
S1PR1 sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 S1P EDG1
S1PR2 sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 2 " EDG5
S1PR3 sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 3 " EDG3
S1PR4 sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 4 " EDG6
S1PR5 sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 5 " EDG8

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