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      Aquaporin-3 mediates hydrogen peroxide uptake to regulate downstream intracellular signaling.

      Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

      Animals, Aquaporin 3, genetics, physiology, Cell Line, Humans, Hydrogen Peroxide, metabolism, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Oxidative Stress, Signal Transduction

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          Hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) produced by cell-surface NADPH Oxidase (Nox) enzymes is emerging as an important signaling molecule for growth, differentiation, and migration processes. However, how cells spatially regulate H(2)O(2) to achieve physiological redox signaling over nonspecific oxidative stress pathways is insufficiently understood. Here we report that the water channel Aquaporin-3 (AQP3) can facilitate the uptake of H(2)O(2) into mammalian cells and mediate downstream intracellular signaling. Molecular imaging with Peroxy Yellow 1 Methyl-Ester (PY1-ME), a new chemoselective fluorescent indicator for H(2)O(2), directly demonstrates that aquaporin isoforms AQP3 and AQP8, but not AQP1, can promote uptake of H(2)O(2) specifically through membranes in mammalian cells. Moreover, we show that intracellular H(2)O(2) accumulation can be modulated up or down based on endogenous AQP3 expression, which in turn can influence downstream cell signaling cascades. Finally, we establish that AQP3 is required for Nox-derived H(2)O(2) signaling upon growth factor stimulation. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that the downstream intracellular effects of H(2)O(2) can be regulated across biological barriers, a discovery that has broad implications for the controlled use of this potentially toxic small molecule for beneficial physiological functions.

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