The aquaporin family of membrane water channels

Andreas Engel, Thomas Walz, Peter Agre

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The rapid movement of water across the plasma membranes of certain cells has been a long-standing puzzle to membrane biophysicists and physiologists; the discovery of the red cell channel-forming integral protein has provided a molecular solution to this puzzle. The identification of this protein has led to the recognition of a family of related water-selective channels, the aquaporins, that are found in animals, plants and microbial organisms. In order to provide insight into the remarkable but simple function of these membrane proteins, their structures are being elucidated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-553
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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