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Aquaporins in female specific cancers
- Kasa, Prameswari, Farran, Batoul, Prasad, Ganji Lakshmi Vara, Nagaraju, Ganji Purnachandra
- Gene 2019 v.700 pp. 60-64
- aquaporins, breasts, carcinogenesis, cell proliferation, endometrium, epithelium, females, hydrophobicity, mammals, neoplasms
- Aquaporins (AQPs) are hydrophobic integral trans-membrane channel proteins implicated in cellular proliferation and water transport in various cancers. They compose a family of 13 different isoforms (25–34 kDa) in mammals that have been identified to date. These AQPs exhibit a unique pattern of tissue expression. Though they can be found in most tissues, they are mostly active in endothelial and epithelial tissues. In this review, the AQPs associated with female-specific cancers are comprehensively explored and their significant features are analysed. Recent findings revealing their role in female-specific carcinogenesis, especially cervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, and breast, will be also discussed.