Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


Aquaporin enters the picture

The aquaporins are membrane channels that were originally identified as regulators of a cell's water balance. A member of the aquaporin family is now implicated as a central agent in controlling fat metabolism.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Consequences of aquaporin-7 deficiency1,2,3.


  1. Hibuse, T. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 102, 10993–10998 (2005).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Maeda, N. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 101, 17801–17806 (2004).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Hara-Chikuma, M. et al. J. Biol. Chem. 280, 15493–15496 (2005).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. King, L. S., Kozono, D. & Agre, P. Nature Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. 5, 687–698 (2004).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Kuriyama, H. et al. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 241, 53–58 (1997).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Kishida, K. et al. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 36251–36260 (2001).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Kondo, H. et al. Eur. J. Biochem. 269, 1814–1826 (2002).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Kuriyama, H. et al. Diabetes 51, 2915–2921 (2002).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. MacDougald, O. A. & Burant, C. F. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 102, 10759–10760 (2005).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Frühbeck, G. Aquaporin enters the picture. Nature 438, 436–437 (2005).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing