Genetic analysis of the aquaporin water channels AQP12A and AQP12B in patients with chronic pancreatitis

Katharina Eiseler, Lea Maria Dropmann, Peter Bugert, Maren Ewers, Heiko Witt

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Background: Alterations in genes specifically expressed in the pancreas have been associated with chronic pancreatitis (CP). A significant percentage of patients with non-alcoholic CP, however, do not have mutations in known risk genes, suggesting the existence of further susceptibility genes. Four aquaporins are expressed in the exocrine pancreas: AQP1, AQP5, AQP8 and AQP12, the latter being found exclusively in this organ. Therefore, we investigated the two AQP12 genes, AQP12A and AQP12B, in CP patients. Methods: We analyzed all exons and adjacent intronic regions of AQP12A and AQP12B in 292 German patients with non-alcoholic CP and 143 control subjects by direct DNA sequencing. Results: In total, we discovered 41 non-synonymous changes, three of which were nonsense variants. Genotype and allele frequencies of these variants did not differ significantly between patients and controls (all p-values >0.05). Remarkably, we found a common nonsense variant in AQP12B, p.S152Tfs∗24, with an allele frequency of 15.7% in controls, including 2.8% homozygous subjects. This finding suggests that AQP12B is physiologically dispensable for normal pancreatic function. Conclusions: Our results suggest that genetic alterations in AQP12A and AQP12B do not predispose to the development of non-alcoholic CP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1079-1083
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • AQP12A
  • AQP12B
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Genetics
  • Water channel


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