[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160104641]
Researchers Prof Andrea Yool; Dr Sabrina Heng; Dr Jennifer Hardingham
Brief description The project aims to determine the role of Aquaporin1 (AQP1) in enhancing rapid cell motility. Cell migration is important for development, repair, and protection in multicellular organisms. AQP1 is increased in some rapidly migrating cell types. Loss of AQP1 impairs migration, which is restored by reintroduction of AQP1 but not AQP4. Expected outcomes include defining the features of AQP1 that confer enhanced cell migration. The project will test the hypothesis that dual water and ion channel functions of AQP1 are needed for movement, using migration assays in cells with wild type and mutant AQP1, and selective pharmacological agents developed by the project team to dissect the essential channel properties that enable rapid migration in cancer and stem cells. The project seeks to build knowledge of AQP roles in development, regeneration and surveillance, potentially improving health care by revealing pathways in migration disorders such as metastasis.
Funding Amount $350,100
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects