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Aquaporins pp 51-62 | Cite as

Transport Characteristics of Aquaporins

  • Xiaoqiang Geng
  • Baoxue Yang
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Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 969)

Abstract

Aquaporins (AQPs ) are a class of the integral membrane proteins, which are permeable to water, some small neutral solutes and certain gases across biological membranes. AQPs are considered as critical transport mediators that are involved in many physiological functions and pathological processes such as transepithelial fluid transport, cell migration, brain edema, neuro excitation and carcinoma. This chapter will provide information about the transport characteristics of AQPs .

Keywords

Aquaporins AQPs Aquaglyceroporins Water channel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology, School of Basic Medical SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic DrugsPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular Sciences, Ministry of EducationPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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