AQP3 promotes EMT induction in human gastric adenocarcinoma cells. (A) Expression levels of AQP3, E-cadherin, vimentin and fibronectin in SGC7901 and MGC803 cells were determined using western blots. GAPDH was used as an internal control. The relative accumulation of proteins in different groups was compared with those in the untreated group (UNTR). (B) mRNA expression levels of AQP3 and EMT-related proteins were assayed using qPCR. Data are expressed as the mean ± SE from three independent experiments. *P < 0.05 compared with the UNTR group; #P < 0.05 compared with the RNAi AQP3 group. (C) Immunofluorescence assays for the detection of AQP3 and three EMT-related proteins. Target proteins were detected using the appropriate antibodies (green), and nuclei were stained with Hoechst33342 (blue).