Mammalian phospholipase D: Function, and therapeutics. Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite being discovered over 60years ago, the precise role of phospholipase D (PLD) is still being elucidated. PLD enzymes catalyze the hydrolysis of the phosphodiester bond of glycerophospholipids producing phosphatidic acid and the free headgroup. PLD family members are found in organisms ranging from viruses, and bacteria to plants, and mammals. They display a range of substrate specificities, are regulated by a diverse range of molecules, and have been implicated in a broad range of cellular processes including receptor signaling, cytoskeletal regulation and membrane trafficking. Recent technological advances including: the development of PLD knockout mice, isoform-specific antibodies, and specific inhibitors are finally permitting a thorough analysis of the in vivo role of mammalian PLDs. These studies are facilitating increased recognition of PLD's role in disease states including cancers and Alzheimer's disease, offering potential as a target for therapeutic intervention.

published proceedings

  • Prog Lipid Res

altmetric score

  • 2.6

author list (cited authors)

  • McDermott, M. I., Wang, Y., Wakelam, M., & Bankaitis, V. A.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • McDermott, MI||Wang, Y||Wakelam, MJO||Bankaitis, VA

publication date

  • April 2020