Acid sphingomyelinase (ASM) regulates the homeostasis of sphingolipids, including ceramides and sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). These sphingolipids regulate carcinogenesis and proliferation, survival, and apoptosis of cancer cells. However, the role of ASM in host defense against liver metastasis remains unclear. In this study, the involvement of ASM in liver metastasis of colon cancer was examined using
Yosuke Osawa, Atsushi Suetsugu, Rie Matsushima-Nishiwaki, Ichiro Yasuda, Toshiji Saibara, Hisataka Moriwaki, Mitsuru Seishima, Osamu Kozawa
ASM deficiency increased, and ASM overexpression decreased, metastatic tumor growth in the liver.