Niemann–Pick disease, type C
|Niemann–Pick disease, type C|
|Classification and external resources|
|ICD-10||E75.2 (ILDS E75.230)|
|OMIM||257220 601015 607623 607625|
Niemann–Pick type C is a lysosomal storage disease associated with mutations in NPC1 and NPC2 genes. Niemann–Pick type C affects an estimated 1:150,000 people. Approximately 50% of cases present before 10 years of age, but manifestations may first be recognized as late as the sixth decade.
Niemann–Pick type C is biochemically, genetically and clinically distinct from Niemann–Pick Types A or and B. In Types A & B, there is complete or partial deficiency of an enzyme called acid sphingomyelinase. In Niemann–Pick type C, the protein product of the major mutated gene NPC1 is not an enzyme but appears to function as a transporter in the endosomal-lysosomal system, which moves large water-insoluble molecules through the cell. The protein coded by the NPC2 gene more closely resembles an enzyme structurally but seems to act in cooperation with the NPC1 protein in transporting molecules in the cell. The disruption of this transport system results in the accumulation of cholesterol and glycolipids in lysosomes.
Cholesterol and glycolipids have varied roles in the cell. Cholesterol is a major component of cell plasma membranes, which define the cell as a whole and its organelles. It is also the basic building block of steroid hormones, including neurosteroids. In Niemann–Pick type C, large amounts of free or unesterfied cholesterol accumulates in lysosomes, and leads to relative deficiency of this molecule in multiple membranes and for steroid synthesis. The accumulation of glycosphingolipids in the nervous system has been linked to structural changes, namely ectopic dendritogenesis and meganeurite formation, and has been targeted therapeutically.
Several theories have attempted to link the accumulation of cholesterol and glycolipids in the lysosomes with the malfunction of the NPC-1 protein.
- Another theory suggests that the blockage of retrograde cholesterol breakdown in the late endosome is due to decreased membrane elasticity and thus the return vesicles of cholesterol to the trans Golgi Network cannot bud and form.
- Iouannou, et al. have described similarities between the NPC1 protein and members of the resistance-nodulation-division (RND) family of prokaryotic permeases, suggesting a pumping function for NPC1.
Genetics and classification
Approximately 95% of Niemann–Pick type C cases are caused by genetic mutations in the NPC1 gene, referred to as type C1; 5% are caused by mutations in the NPC2 gene, referred to as type C2. The clinical manifestations of types Niemann–Pick types C1 and C2 are similar because the respective genes are both involved in egress of lipids, particularly cholesterol, from late endosomes or lysosomes. The NPC1 gene is located on chromosome 18 (18q11-q12) and was described by researchers at the National Institutes of Health in July 1997.
- The NPC1 gene encodes a protein that is located in membranes inside the cell and is involved in the movement of cholesterol and lipids within cells. A deficiency of this protein leads to the abnormal buildup of lipids and cholesterol within cell membranes.
- The NPC2 gene encodes a protein that binds and transports cholesterol. It has been shown to closely interact with NPC1.
"Type D" variant
Genealogical research indicates that Joseph Muise (c. 1679–1729) and Marie Amirault (1684 – c. 1735) are common ancestors to all people with Type D. This couple is the most likely origin for the type D variant.
Niemann–Pick type C has a wide clinical spectrum. Affected individuals may have enlargement of the spleen (splenomegaly) and liver (hepatomegaly), or enlarged spleen/liver combined (hepatosplenomegaly), but this finding may be absent in later onset cases. Prolonged jaundice or elevated bilirubin can present at birth. In some cases, however, enlargement of the spleen and/or liver does not occur for months or years – or not at all. Enlargement of the spleen and/or liver frequently becomes less apparent with time, in contrast to the progression of other lysosomal storage diseases such as Niemann–Pick disease, Types A and B or Gaucher disease. Organ enlargement does not usually cause major complications.
Progressive neurological disease is the hallmark of Niemann–Pick type C disease, and is responsible for disability and premature death in all cases beyond early childhood. Classically, children with NPC may initially present with delays in reaching normal developmental milestones skills before manifesting cognitive decline (dementia).
Neurological signs and symptoms include cerebellar ataxia (unsteady walking with uncoordinated limb movements), dysarthria (slurred speech), dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), tremor, epilepsy (both partial and generalized), vertical supranuclear palsy (upgaze palsy, downgaze palsy, saccadic palsy or paralysis), sleep inversion, gelastic cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone or drop attacks), dystonia (abnormal movements or postures caused by contraction of agonist and antagonist muscles across joints), most commonly begins with in turning of one foot when walking (action dystonia) and may spread to become generalized, spasticity (velocity dependent increase in muscle tone), hypotonia, ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid), microcephaly (abnormally small head), psychosis, progressive dementia, progressive hearing loss, bipolar disorder, major and psychotic depression that can include hallucinations, delusions, mutism, or stupor.
In the terminal stages of Niemann–Pick type C disease, the patient is bedridden, with complete ophthalmoplegia, loss of volitional movement and has severe dementia.
Niemann–Pick type C is diagnosed by assaying cultured fibroblasts for cholesterol esterfication and staining for unesterified cholesterol with filipin. The fibroblasts are grown from a small skin biopsy taken from a patient with suspected NPC. The diagnosis can be confirmed by identifying mutations in the NPC1 or NPC2 genes in 80–90% of cases. This specialized testing is available at Thomas Jefferson University Lysosomal Disease Testing Lab and the Mayo Clinic.
There is no known cure for Niemann–Pick type C, nor is there any FDA-standard approved disease modifying treatment. Supportive care is essential and substantially improves the quality of life of people affected by NPC. The therapeutic team may include specialists in neurology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, psychiatrist, orthopedics, nutrition, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Standard medications used to treat symptoms can be used in NPC patients. As patients develop difficulty with swallowing, food may need to be softened or thickened, and eventually, parents will need to consider placement of a gastrostomy tube (g-tube, feeding tube).
An observational study is underway at the National Institutes of Health to better characterize the natural history of NPC and to attempt to identify markers of disease progression.
In April 2009, Hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbCD) was approved under compassionate use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat Addison and Cassidy Hempel, identical twin girls suffering from Niemann–Pick type C disease. Medi-ports, similar to ports used to administer chemotherapy drugs, were surgically placed into the twins' chest walls and allow doctors to directly infuse HPbCD into their bloodstreams. Treatment with cyclodextrin has been shown to delay clinical disease onset, reduced intraneuronal storage and secondary markers of neurodegeneration, and significantly increased lifespan in both the Niemann–Pick type C mice and feline models. This is the second time in the United States that cyclodextrin alone has been administered in an attempt treat a fatal pediatric disease. In 1987, HPbCD was used in a medical case involving a boy suffering from severe hypervitaminosis A.
On May 17, 2010, the FDA granted Hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin orphan drug status and designated HPbCD cyclodextrin as a potential treatment for Niemann–Pick type C disease. On July 14, 2010, Dr. Caroline Hastings of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland filed additional applications with the FDA requesting approval to deliver HPbCD directly into the central nervous system of the twins in an attempt to help HPbCD cross the blood–brain barrier. The request was approved by the FDA on September 23, 2010, and bi-monthly intrathecal injections of HPbCD into the spine were administered starting in October 2010.
On December 25, 2010, the FDA granted approval for HPbCD to be delivered via IV to an additional patient, Peyton Hadley, aged 13 under an IND through Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. Soon after in March 2011, approval was sought for similar treatment of his sibling, Kayla, age 11, and infusions of HPbCD began shortly after. Both have since began intrathecal treatments beginning in January 2012. (www.hadleyhope.com)
In April 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases Program (TRND), announced they were developing a clinical trial utilizing cyclodextrin for Niemann–Pick type C patients.
On September 20, 2011, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted HPbCD orphan drug status and designated the compound as a potential treatment for Niemann–Pick type C disease.
On December 31, 2011, the FDA granted approval for IV HPbCD infusions for a fifth child in the United States, Chase DiGiovanni, under a compassionate use protocol. The child was 29 months old at the time of his first intravenous infusion which was started in January 2012. (www.chasethecure.net)
Due to unprecedented collaboration between individual physicians and parents of children afflicted with NPC, approximately 15 patients worldwide have received HPbCD cyclodextrin therapy under compassionate use treatment protocols. Treatment involves a combination of intravenous therapy (IV), intrathecal therapy (IT) and intracerebroventricular (ICV) cyclodextrin therapy.
On January 23, 2013, a formal clinical trial to evaluate HPβCD cyclodextrin therapy as a treatment for Niemann–Pick disease, type C was announced by scientists from the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). A Phase I clinical trial is currently being conducted at the NIH Clinical Center.
Other treatments under investigation
One drug that has been tried is Miglustat. Miglustat is a glucosylceramide synthase inhibitor, which inhibits the synthesis of glycosphingolipids in cells. It has been shown to delay the onset of disease in the NPC mouse, and published data from a multi-center clinical trial of Miglustat in the United States and England and from case reports suggests that it may ameliorate the course of human NPC.
Several other treatment strategies are under investigation in cell culture and animal models of NPC. These include, cholesterol mobilization, neurosteroid (a special type of hormone that affects brain and other nerve cells) replacement using allopregnanolone, rab overexpression to bypass the trafficking block (Pagano lab) and Curcumin as an anti-inflammatory and calcium modulatory agent. The pregnane X receptor has been identified as a potential target.
The lifespan of patients with NPC is usually related to the age of onset. Children with antenatal or infantile onset usually succumb in the first few months or years of life, whereas adolescent and adult onset forms of Niemann–Pick type C have a more insidious onset and slower progression, and affected individuals may survive to the seventh decade. Adult cases of NPC are being recognized with increasing frequency. It is suspected that many patients affected by NPC are undiagnosed, owing to lack of awareness of the disease and the absence of readily available screening or diagnostic tests. For the same reasons the diagnosis is often delayed by many years.
Loss of myelin in the Central Nervous System is considered to be a main pathogenic factor. Research uses animal models carrying the underlying mutation for Niemann-Pick disease, e.g. a mutation in the NPC1 gene Niemann-Pick type C disease. In this model the expression of Myelin gene Regulatory Factor (MRF) has been shown to be significantly decreased. MRF is a transcription factor of critical importance in the development and maintenance of myelin sheaths. A perturbation of oligodendrocyte maturation and the myelination process might therefore be an underlying mechanism of the neurological deficits.
Recent neuroimaging studies have shown patients with Niemann-Pick, type C to have a corpus callosum with microstructural abnormalities. Clear reductions in corpus callosum mean thickness and surface area have been shown when compared to age-matched controls. Also, studies using diffusion tensor imaging have shown marked reductions in callosal fractional anisotropy, which suggests architectural abnormalities based on the directional flow of water. These conclusions suggest that the corpus callosum plays an important role in the disease and should be explored for use as a biomarker of disease progression.
Parents of children with NPC are being studied in an attempt to gain insight into the Ebola virus, which uses the protein encoded by NPC1 to enter cells. Researchers have found that mice with one normal copy of the NPC1 gene are more likely to survive Ebola infection than mice with normal two copies of the gene. Mice lacking any normal copy of NPC1 all survived. Studying cells from parents who are NPC disease carriers may allow for better understanding of how changes to the NPC1 gene affect Ebola risk.
- Fight NPC, a website dedicated to providing information and resources on treating Niemann–Pick type C disease
- Marcus, Amy Dockser (November 2013). "Trials: A Desperate Fight to Save Kids & Change Science". The Wall Street Journal.
- Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation is a major funder of Niemann-Pick Type C Disease research
- National Niemann–Pick Disease Foundation; A family support, research and patient advocacy group for families with loved ones diagnosed with Niemann–Pick Disease.
- Clinical trial number NCT00344331 for "Evaluation of Biochemical Markers and Clinical Investigation of Niemann-Pick Disease, Type C" at ClinicalTrials.gov
- Marc C. Patterson, MD, child neurologist, Mayo Clinic
- Coriell Institute: Biobank that stores Niemann–Pick type C cells for research
- Addi and Cassi Hempel: Identical twins living with Niemann–Pick type C disease
- Testing labs for Niemann–Pick type C
- Dana's Angels Research Trust...aiming to cure NPC
- Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
- Global Genes Project, Rare Disease Support Organization
- Detailed information about Niemann–Pick type C for patients and Healthcare Professionals incl. Glossary c
- Portuguese description of Niemann–Pick type C, support and resources
- Chang TY, Reid PC, Sugii S, Ohgami N, Cruz JC, Chang CC (June 2005). "Niemann–Pick type C disease and intracellular cholesterol trafficking". The Journal of Biological Chemistry 280 (22): 20917–20. doi:10.1074/jbc.R400040200. PMID 15831488.
- Neufeld EB, Wastney M, Patel S, et al. (1999). "The Niemann–Pick C1 protein resides in a vesicular compartment linked to retrograde transport of multiple lysosomal cargo". J. Biol. Chem. 274 (14): 9627–35. doi:10.1074/jbc.274.14.9627. PMID 10092649.
- Davies JP, Chen FW, Ioannou YA (2000). "Transmembrane molecular pump activity of Niemann–Pick C1 protein". Science 290 (5500): 2295–8. doi:10.1126/science.290.5500.2295. PMID 11125140.
- Lloyd-Evans E, Morgan AJ, He X, et al. (October 2008). "Niemann–Pick disease type C1 is a sphingosine storage disease that causes deregulation of lysosomal calcium". Nature Medicine 14 (11): 1247–55. doi:10.1038/nm.1876. PMID 18953351.
- Mellon SH, Gong W, Schonemann MD (March 2008). "Endogenous and synthetic neurosteroids in treatment of Niemann–Pick Type C disease". Brain Research Reviews 57 (2): 410–20. doi:10.1016/j.brainresrev.2007.05.012. PMC 2323675. PMID 17629950.
- "NIH Scientists Identify Gene for Fatal Childhood Disorder, Niemann-Pick Type C". Newsroom. National Human Genome Research Institute. July 1997.
- Zhang JR, Coleman T, Langmade SJ, et al. (June 2008). "Niemann–Pick C1 protects against atherosclerosis in mice via regulation of macrophage intracellular cholesterol trafficking". The Journal of Clinical Investigation 118 (6): 2281–90. doi:10.1172/JCI32561. PMC 2381744. PMID 18483620.
- Bjurulf B, Spetalen S, Erichsen A, Vanier MT, Strøm EH, Strømme P (August 2008). "Niemann–Pick disease type C2 presenting as fatal pulmonary alveolar lipoproteinosis: morphological findings in lung and nervous tissue". Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 14 (8): CS71–5. PMID 18668002.
- Liou HL, Dixit SS, Xu S, Tint GS, Stock AM, Lobel P (December 2006). "NPC2, the protein deficient in Niemann–Pick C2 disease, consists of multiple glycoforms that bind a variety of sterols". The Journal of Biological Chemistry 281 (48): 36710–23. doi:10.1074/jbc.M608743200. PMID 17018531.
- Infante RE, Wang ML, Radhakrishnan A, Kwon HJ, Brown MS, Goldstein JL (October 2008). "NPC2 facilitates bidirectional transfer of cholesterol between NPC1 and lipid bilayers, a step in cholesterol egress from lysosomes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (40): 15287–92. doi:10.1073/pnas.0807328105. PMC 2563079. PMID 18772377.
- Subramanian K, Balch WE (October 2008). "NPC1/NPC2 function as a tag team duo to mobilize cholesterol". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (40): 15223–4. doi:10.1073/pnas.0808256105. PMC 2563125. PMID 18832164.
- Winsor EJ, Welch JP (September 1978). "Genetic and demographic aspects of Nova Scotia Niemann–Pick disease (type D)". American Journal of Human Genetics 30 (5): 530–8. PMC 1685594. PMID 736041.
- Rimkunas VM, Graham MJ, Crooke RM, Liscum L (September 2008). "TNF-alpha plays a role in hepatocyte apoptosis in Niemann–Pick type C liver disease". Journal of lipid research 50 (2): 327–33. doi:10.1194/jlr.M800415-JLR200. PMC 2636917. PMID 18815434.
- "Thomas Jefferson University – Lysosomal Diseases Testing Laboratory". Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "Niemann–Pick Diagnosis". Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Pacheco CD, Lieberman AP (2008). "The pathogenesis of Niemann–Pick type C disease: a role for autophagy?". Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine 10: e26. doi:10.1017/S146239940800080X. PMC 2662713. PMID 18782459.
- Patterson, Marc (2013-07-18). Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. NBK1296. In Pagon RA, Bird TD, Dolan CR; et al., eds. (1993–). GeneReviews™ [Internet]. Seattle WA: University of Washington, Seattle. Check date values in:
- Davidson CD, Ali NF, Micsenyi MC, et al. (2009). "Chronic cyclodextrin treatment of murine Niemann–Pick C disease ameliorates neuronal cholesterol and glycosphingolipid storage and disease progression". PLoS ONE 4 (9): e6951. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006951. PMC 2736622. PMID 19750228.
- Ward S, O'Donnell P, Fernandez S, Vite CH (July 2010). "2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin raises hearing threshold in normal cats and in cats with Niemann–Pick type C disease". Pediatr. Res. 68 (1): 52–6. doi:10.1203/PDR.0b013e3181df4623. PMC 2913583. PMID 20357695.
- Carpenter TO, Pettifor JM, Russell RM, et al. (October 1987). "Severe hypervitaminosis A in siblings: evidence of variable tolerance to retinol intake". J. Pediatr. 111 (4): 507–12. doi:10.1016/S0022-3476(87)80109-9. PMID 3655980.
- Patterson MC, Vecchio D, Prady H, Abel L, Wraith JE (September 2007). "Miglustat for treatment of Niemann–Pick C disease: a randomised controlled study". Lancet Neurology 6 (9): 765–72. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(07)70194-1. PMID 17689147.
- Santos ML, Raskin S, Telles DS, et al. (October 2008). "Treatment of a child diagnosed with Niemann–Pick disease type C with miglustat: A case report in Brazil". Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 31: 357–361. doi:10.1007/s10545-008-0923-9. PMID 18937049.
- Ahmad I, Lope-Piedrafita S, Bi X, et al. (December 2005). "Allopregnanolone treatment, both as a single injection or repetitively, delays demyelination and enhances survival of Niemann–Pick C mice". Journal of neuroscience research 82 (6): 811–21. doi:10.1002/jnr.20685. PMID 16273542.
- Langmade SJ, Gale SE, Frolov A, et al. (September 2006). "Pregnane X receptor (PXR) activation: a mechanism for neuroprotection in a mouse model of Niemann–Pick C disease". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103 (37): 13807–12. doi:10.1073/pnas.0606218103. PMC 1564205. PMID 16940355.
- Ahmad I, Hunter RE, Flax JD, Snyder EY, Erickson RP (2007). "Neural stem cell implantation extends life in Niemann–Pick C1 mice". Journal of Applied Genetics 48 (3): 269–72. doi:10.1007/BF03195222. PMID 17666780.
- "eMedicine – Niemann–Pick Disease : Article by Robert A Schwartz". Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "Niemann–Pick Disease". Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Yan, X.; Lukas, J.; Witt, M.; Wree, A.; Hubner, R.; Frech, M.; Kohling, R.; Rolfs, A.; Luo, J. (2011-09-23). "Decreased expression of myelin gene regulatory factor in Niemann-Pick type C 1 mouse". Metab Brain Dis 26 (4): 299–306. doi:10.1007/s11011-011-9263-9. PMID 21938520.
- Koenning, Matthias; Jackson, Stacey Hay, Curtis M. Faux, Clare Kilpatrick, Trevor J. Willingham, Melanie Emery, Ben (September 5, 2012). "Myelin Gene Regulatory Factor Is Required for Maintenance of Myelin and Mature Oligodendrocyte Identity in the Adult CNS". The Journal of Neuroscience 32 (36): 12528–12542. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1069-12.2012. PMID 22956843. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Walterfang M, Fahey M, Abel L, Fietz M, Wood A, Bowman E, Reutens D, Velakoulis D (August 2011). "Size and shape of the corpus callosum in adult Niemann-Pick type C reflects state and trait illness variables". ANJR 32 (7): 1340–1346. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A2490. PMID 21596811.
- Walterfang M, Fahey M, Desmond P, Wood A, Seal ML, Steward C, Adamson C, Kokkinos C, Fietz M, Velakoulis D (May 2010). "White and gray matter alterations in adults with Niemann-Pick disease type C: a cross-sectional study". Neurology 75 (1): 49–56. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181e6210e. PMID 20484681.
- Trouard T, Heidenreich RA, Seeger JF, Erickson RP (November 2005). "Diffusion tensor imaging in Niemann-Pick Type C disease". Pediatric Neurology 33 (5): 325–330. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2005.05.004. PMID 16243219.