Plant Aquaporins and Mycorrhizae: Their Regulation and Involvement in Plant Physiology and Performance [chapter]

J. M. Ruiz-Lozano, R. Aroca
2017 Plant Aquaporins  
Aquaporins are a family of transmembrane proteins permeable to water. In mammals, they are subdivided into classical aquaporins that are permeable to water; aquaglyceroporins that are permeable to water, glycerol and urea; peroxiporins that facilitate the diffusion of H2O2 through cell membranes; and so called unorthodox aquaporins. Aquaporins ensure important physiological functions in both exocrine and endocrine pancreas. Indeed, they are involved in pancreatic fluid secretion and insulin
more » ... ion and insulin secretion. Modification of aquaporin expression and/or subcellular localization may be involved in the pathogenesis of pancreatic insufficiencies, diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Aquaporins may represent useful drug targets for the treatment of pathophysiological conditions affecting pancreatic function, and/or diagnostic/predictive biomarker for pancreatic cancer. This review summarizes the current knowledge related to the involvement of aquaporins in the pancreas physiology and physiopathology.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-49395-4_15 fatcat:w2uv3ckhw5g7xj5vcabbcovhlm