C16:0-ceramide signals insulin resistance.

Cell metabolism (2014-12-03)
Timothy Hla, Richard Kolesnick

A substantive literature has accumulated implicating sphingolipids, in particular ceramides, as mediators of insulin resistance in metabolic syndrome. Thanks to recent technical advances in mouse genetics and lipidomics, two independent laboratories identify the same sphingolipid, C16:0-ceramide, as principal mediator of obesity-related insulin resistance (Turpin et al., 2014; Raichur et al., 2014).