Aliases for LCAT Gene
External Ids for LCAT Gene
This gene encodes the extracellular cholesterol esterifying enzyme, lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase. The esterification of cholesterol is required for cholesterol transport. Mutations in this gene have been found to cause fish-eye disease as well as LCAT deficiency. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for LCAT Gene
LCAT (Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with LCAT include complete lcat deficiency and fish-eye disease. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include apolipoprotein A-I binding and phosphatidylcholine-sterol O-acyltransferase activity. An important paralog of this gene is PLA2G15.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for LCAT Gene
Central enzyme in the extracellular metabolism of plasma lipoproteins. Synthesized mainly in the liver and secreted into plasma where it converts cholesterol and phosphatidylcholines (lecithins) to cholesteryl esters and lysophosphatidylcholines on the surface of high and low density lipoproteins (HDLs and LDLs). The cholesterol ester is then transported back to the liver. Has a preference for plasma 16:0-18:2 or 18:O-18:2 phosphatidylcholines. Also produced in the brain by primary astrocytes, and esterifies free cholesterol on nascent APOE-containing lipoproteins secreted from glia and influences cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) APOE- and APOA1 levels. Together with APOE and the cholesterol transporter ABCA1, plays a key role in the maturation of glial-derived, nascent lipoproteins. Required for remodeling high-density lipoprotein particles into their spherical forms.