Water Biology in Human Body

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Abstract

Seventy percent of our body is composed of water. Magnetic resonance imaging has become widely applied in medicine because of the high water content in the human body. Water balance is dynamically and precisely regulated. The discovery of the water channel aquaporin (AQP) has made it possible to understand water dynamics at cellular and molecular levels. AQP plays important roles not only in epithelial fluid secretion and absorption, but also in cell volume regulation and cell migration. By proposing a new concept known as 'water biology,' an attempt is made to revisit human physiology and pathology from the aspect of water molecule dynamics in the body.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Biomedical Physics
PublisherElsevier
Pages83-89
Number of pages7
Volume10
ISBN (Print)9780444536327, 9780444536334
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 25

Keywords

  • Aquaporin (AQP)
  • Body water content
  • Brain edema
  • Cell volume regulation
  • Diseases
  • Extracellular space (ECS)
  • Knockout mice
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Water biology
  • Water permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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