Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.1.1)
Predicted to have cholesterol binding activity. Involved in several processes, including adult walking behavior; cholesterol efflux; and cholesterol homeostasis. Localizes to several cellular components, including Golgi apparatus; membrane raft; and nuclear envelope. Is expressed in several structures, including genitourinary system; liver; lung; spleen; and stomach. Used to study Niemann-Pick disease and Niemann-Pick disease type C1. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in Niemann-Pick disease type C1. Orthologous to human NPC1 (NPC intracellular cholesterol transporter 1).