In this issue of Oncogene, Albinet et al. have demonstrated a critical role of melanoma sphingosine kinase 1, which catalyses formation of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), in promoting the differentiation of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts. The myofibroblast sphingosine kinase 1 then promotes the S1P-dependent dissemination (metastasis) of melanoma cells via a S1P receptor 3-mediated mechanism. These findings are of major significance because they provide a novel mechanism of interaction between melanoma and the microenvironment niche in promoting metastasis. These studies therefore identify S1P derived from myofibroblasts and melanoma cells as a novel target for therapeutic intervention.
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