Hepatocanalicular transport defects: pathophysiologic mechanisms of rare diseases.


The apical membrane of the hepatocyte fulfils a unique function in the formation of primary bile. For all important biliary constituents a primary active transporter is present that extrudes or translocates its substrate toward the canalicular lumen. Most of these transporters are ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters. Two types of transporters can be… (More)


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