The role and regulation of the Niemann-Pick C1 gene in adrenal steroidogenesis.


The Niemann-Pick C-1 (NPC-1) gene codes for an intracellular membrane glycoprotein that processes low density lipoprotein (LDL)-imported cholesterol. Its absence is characterized by pathologic accumulation of cholesterol in endosomes and lysosomes. Niemann-Pick C-1 is involved in steroidogenesis in the adrenal, ovary, testis, and placenta. We investigated… (More)


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