Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts-nontumor
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Revised: 30 April 2012, last major update April 2012
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● Autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease clinically characterized by neurodegeneration and liver disease (Wikipedia)
● Mutations in the NPC1 and NPC2 genes cause impaired egress of free cholesterol from lysosomes, leading to accumulation of cholesterol and glycosphingolipids
● Foamy Kupffer cells and hepatocytes
Hepatocytes and Kupffer cells have a foamy, vacuolated appearance due to deposition of lipids
Electron microscopy description
● Intralysosomal myelin-like inclusions
Electron microscopy images
Retinal ganglion cell with Niemann-Pick disease shows numerous membranous cytoplasmic bodies
● J Lipid Res 2009;50:327
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