Cholesterol-regulated Translocation of NPC1L1 to the Cell Surface Facilitates Free Cholesterol Uptake

University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, United States
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 04/2006; 281(10):6616-24. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M511123200
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Although NPC1L1 is required for intestinal cholesterol absorption, data demonstrating mechanisms by which this protein facilitates the process are few. In this study, a hepatoma cell line stably expressing human NPC1L1 was established, and cholesterol uptake was studied. A relationship between NPC1L1 intracellular trafficking and cholesterol uptake was apparent. At steady state, NPC1L1 proteins localized predominantly to the transferrin-positive endocytic recycling compartment, where free cholesterol also accumulated as revealed by filipin staining. Interestingly, acute cholesterol depletion induced with methyl-beta-cyclodextrin stimulated relocation of NPC1L1 to the plasma membrane, preferentially to a newly formed "apical-like" subdomain. This translocation was associated with a remarkable increase in cellular cholesterol uptake, which in turn was dose-dependently inhibited by ezetimibe, a novel cholesterol absorption inhibitor that specifically binds to NPC1L1. These findings define a cholesterol-regulated endocytic recycling of NPC1L1 as a novel mechanism regulating cellular cholesterol uptake.

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    • "Niemann Pick Type C1 Like 1 (NPC1L1) is a putative protein involved in intestinal cholesterol absorption[1]. In humans, NPC1L1 is expressed in the liver, and localizes at hepatic canalicular membranes[2]where it facilitates biliary cholesterol uptake into hepatocytes and regulates biliary cholesterol content[3]. We recently reported that hepatic expression of NPC1L1 was reduced in Chinese female patients with gallstone disease[4]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Niemann Pick Type C1 Like 1 (NPC1L1) protein plays a key role in intestinal and hepatic cholesterol metabolism in humans. Genetic variation in NPC1L1 has been widely studied in recent years. We analyzed NPC1L1 single nucleotide polymorphisms in Chinese gallstone disease patients to investigate their association with gallstone disease. NPC1L1 mRNA expression was also measured in liver biopsies from patients with cholesterol gallstone disease and compared between genotypes. The G allele of the g1679C>G (rs2072183) polymorphism was significantly more prevalent in patients with gallstones compared with gallstone-free subjects. Moreover, patients carrying the G allele had lower hepatic NPC1L1 mRNA expression and higher biliary cholesterol (molar percentages) and cholesterol saturation index. Our study suggests that the G allele of the NPC1L1 polymorphism g1679C>G may be a positive marker of gallstone formation risk.
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    • "These findings, however, are in agreement with a previous study reported the relocation of NPC1L1 to the cell membrane after cholesterol depletion by methyl-β-cyclodextrin (Yu et al., 2006). This translocation was associated with an increase in cellular cholesterol uptake which was inhibited by ezetimibe (Yu et al., 2006). "
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    ABSTRACT: The known mechanism by which orlistat decreases the absorption of dietary cholesterol is by inhibition of intestinal lipases. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of orlistat to limit cholesterol absorption by inhibition of the cholesterol transport protein Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1) as another mechanism of action. In situ rat intestinal perfusion studies were conducted to study the effect of orlistat on jejunal cholesterol absorption. Inhibition kinetic parameters were calculated from in vitro inhibition studies using Caco2 and NPC1L1 transfected cell lines. The in situ studies demonstrated that intestinal perfusion of orlistat (100µM) was able to reduce cholesterol absorption by three-fold when compared to control (i.e. in the absence of orlistat, P<0.01). In vitro studies using Caco2 cells demonstrated orlistat to reduce the cellular uptake of cholesterol by 30%. Additionally, orlistat reduced the cellular uptake of cholesterol in dose dependent manner in NPC1L1 transfected cell line with an IC50=1.2µM. Lineweaver-Burk plot indicated a noncompetitive inhibition of NPC1L1 by orlistat. Beside the already established mechanism by which orlistat reduces the absorption of cholesterol, we demonstrated for the first time that orlistat limits cholesterol absorption by the inhibition of NPC1L1 transport protein. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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    • "A significantly up-regulated gene involved in cholesterol uptake by cells is NPC1L1 (increased 333-fold). It encodes the Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1), a trans-membrane protein that functions in uptake of cholesterol via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and whose regulation by cellular cholesterol content [21]-[24] appears to be disrupted by expression of C282Y-HFE. Another example of an affected transport protein is provided by the elevated expression of CXCL16 (increased 306-fold), which encodes CXCL16/SR-PSOX, an interferon-γ–regulated chemokine found in both trans-membrane and soluble forms, and can function as a scavenger for oxidized low-density lipoproteins [25]-[27]. "
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