Incubation of fibroblasts derived from patients with type-C Niemann-Pick disease with low density lipoprotein results in excessive intracellular accumulation of unesterified cholesterol. Cytochemical techniques revealed that this abnormal cholesterol accumulation is associated not only with a massive storage of cholesterol in lysosomes but also with a premature cholesterol enrichment of the Golgi complex. Cholesterol appeared also in the Golgi complex of some normal fibroblasts after 24 hr of low density lipoprotein loading. These findings indicate that components of the Golgi complex play a role in the intracellular translocation of exogenously derived cholesterol and that disruption of the cholesterol transport pathway at the Golgi may, in part, be responsible for the deficiency in cholesterol utilization in type-C Niemann-Pick fibroblasts.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1988|
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