Aquaporins

Structure, function, and localization of aquaporins: their possible implications on gamete cryopreservation

A. D. Sales, Lobo, C. H., Carvalho, A. A., Moura, A. A., and Rodrigues, A. P. R., Structure, function, and localization of aquaporins: their possible implications on gamete cryopreservation, vol. 12. pp. 6718-6732, 2013.

The discovery of water channels (aquaporins, AQPs) was a landmark event for the clarification of water transport through the plasma membrane. AQPs belong to a family of intrinsic membrane proteins that act as selective channels for water and for solutes such as glycerol and urea. AQPs were found in different tissues and organs, including male and female reproductive systems. In the swine female reproductive system, the AQPs were localized in the uterus, oviduct, and ovary, as well as in the granulosa cells from primordial follicles.

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