Aquaporin superfamily with unusual npa boxes: S-aquaporins (superfamily, sip-like and subcellular-aquaporins).

@article{Ishibashi2006AquaporinSW,
  title={Aquaporin superfamily with unusual npa boxes: S-aquaporins (superfamily, sip-like and subcellular-aquaporins).},
  author={Kenichi Ishibashi},
  journal={Cellular and molecular biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={52 7},
  pages={20-7}
}
Thirteen aquaporins have been identified in mammals. They all have highly conserved two asparagineproline-alanine (NPA) boxes that are important for the formation of water permeating pore except AQP11 and 12,which have low homology (~20%) with other AQPs and have poorly conserved NPA boxes. Such poorly conserved aquaporin-like sequences are widely found in database. Among them, SIPs from plants indeed have a water channel function and are localized in the cytosol, suggesting their roles in… CONTINUE READING

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