Phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins and instructive regulation of lipid kinase biology. Academic Article uri icon


  • Phosphatidylinositol is a metabolic precursor of phosphoinositides and soluble inositol phosphates. Both sets of molecules represent versatile intracellular chemical signals in eukaryotes. While much effort has been invested in understanding the enzymes that produce and consume these molecules, central aspects for how phosphoinositide production is controlled and functionally partitioned remain unresolved and largely unappreciated. It is in this regard that phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns) transfer proteins (PITPs) are emerging as central regulators of the functional channeling of phosphoinositide pools produced on demand for specific signaling purposes. The physiological significance of these proteins is amply demonstrated by the consequences that accompany deficits in individual PITPs. Although the biological problem is fascinating, and of direct relevance to disease, PITPs remain largely uncharacterized. Herein, we discuss our perspectives regarding what is known about how PITPs work as molecules, and highlight progress in our understanding of how PITPs are integrated into cellular physiology. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Phosphoinositides.

published proceedings

  • Biochim Biophys Acta

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Grabon, A., Khan, D., & Bankaitis, V. A.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Grabon, Aby||Khan, Danish||Bankaitis, Vytas A

publication date

  • January 2015