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Water Channels: Aquaporins

  1. Mark J Daniels1,
  2. Maarten J Chrispeels2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001289



How to Cite

Daniels, M. J. and Chrispeels, M. J. 2001. Water Channels: Aquaporins. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA

  2. 2

    University of California, San Diego, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Aquaporins are members of an ancient family of intrinsic membrane proteins that form pores or channels for water, and so facilitate the flow of water through cellular membranes in the presence of osmotic or hydrostatic gradients.


  • membrane channel;
  • membrane pore;
  • MIP family;
  • vasopressin