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Available structures
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AliasesNPC1L1, NPC11L1, NPC1 like intracellular cholesterol transporter 1, SLC65A2, LDLCQ7
External IDsOMIM: 608010 MGI: 2685089 HomoloGene: 56585 GeneCards: NPC1L1
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 7 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 7 (human)[1]
Chromosome 7 (human)
Genomic location for NPC1L1
Genomic location for NPC1L1
Band7p13Start44,512,535 bp[1]
End44,541,315 bp[1]
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 7: 44.51 – 44.54 MbChr 11: 6.21 – 6.23 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]
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Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1) is a gene associated with NPC1, mutation of which results in Niemann-Pick disease. It codes for Niemann-Pick C1-like protein 1, found on the gastrointestinal tract epithelial cells[5] as well as in hepatocytes.[6] Specifically, it appears to bind to a critical mediator of cholesterol absorption.

The drug ezetimibe blocks NPC1L1 causing a reduction in cholesterol absorption, resulting in a blood cholesterol reduction of between 15-20%.[7] Polymorphic variations in NPC1L1 gene could be associated with non-response to ezetimibe treatment.[8]

NPC1L1 has been shown to be an accessory receptor for hepatitis C virus entry into cells, and thus ezetimibe might be used as a therapeutic strategy.[9]

As cancer appeared more frequently in patients treated with simvastatin-ezetimibe combination therapy in one clinical trial,[10] it had been hypothesized that NPC1L1 by ezetimibe might be associated with an increase cancer risk.[11] However a meta-analysis of ezetimibe clinical data showed no increased risk of cancer from treatment with ezetimibe.[12]

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  1. ^ a b c GRCh38: Ensembl release 89: ENSG00000015520 - Ensembl, May 2017
  2. ^ a b c GRCm38: Ensembl release 89: ENSMUSG00000020447 - Ensembl, May 2017
  3. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  4. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  5. ^ Garcia-Calvo M, Lisnock J, Bull HG, Hawes BE, Burnett DA, Braun MP, et al. (June 2005). "The target of ezetimibe is Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1)". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 102 (23): 8132–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.0500269102. PMC 1149415. PMID 15928087.
  6. ^ Temel RE, Tang W, Ma Y, Rudel LL, Willingham MC, Ioannou YA, Davies JP, Nilsson LM, Yu L (July 2007). "Hepatic Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 regulates biliary cholesterol concentration and is a target of ezetimibe". The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 117 (7): 1968–78. doi:10.1172/JCI30060. PMC 1888567. PMID 17571164.
  7. ^ Davis HR, Veltri EP (June 2007). "Zetia: inhibition of Niemann-Pick C1 Like 1 (NPC1L1) to reduce intestinal cholesterol absorption and treat hyperlipidemia". Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis. 14 (3): 99–108. doi:10.5551/jat.14.99. PMID 17587760.
  8. ^ Universal protein resource accession number Q9UHC9 for "Niemann-Pick C1-like protein 1 precursor - Homo sapiens (Human)" at UniProt.
  9. ^ Sainz B, Barretto N, Martin DN, Hiraga N, Imamura M, Hussain S, Marsh KA, Yu X, Chayama K, Alrefai WA, Uprichard SL (January 2012). "Identification of the Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 cholesterol absorption receptor as a new hepatitis C virus entry factor". Nature Medicine. 18 (2): 281–5. doi:10.1038/nm.2581. PMC 3530957. PMID 22231557.
  10. ^ Rossebø AB, Pedersen TR, Boman K, Brudi P, Chambers JB, Egstrup K, et al. (SEAS Investigators) (September 2008). "Intensive lipid lowering with simvastatin and ezetimibe in aortic stenosis". The New England Journal of Medicine. 359 (13): 1343–56. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0804602. PMID 18765433.
  11. ^ Peto R, Emberson J, Landray M, Baigent C, Collins R, Clare R, Califf R (September 2008). "Analyses of cancer data from three ezetimibe trials". The New England Journal of Medicine. 359 (13): 1357–66. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa0806603. PMID 18765432.
  12. ^ Savarese G, De Ferrari GM, Rosano GM, Perrone-Filardi P (December 2015). "Safety and efficacy of ezetimibe: A meta-analysis". International Journal of Cardiology. 201: 247–52. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.08.103. PMID 26301648.