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Microscopic structure of the kidney

  • Cesare De Martino
  • Delmas J. Allen
  • Lidia Accinni
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Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 8)

Abstract

Each of the paired kidneys is a complex, tubular gland comprised of numerous uriniferous tubules. The uriniferous tubule is the basic functional unit of the kidney. Each tubule consists of two distinct morphological entities: (1) the nephron, which produces the filtrate and (2) the collecting tubule which serves to concentrate the filtrate by the further removal of water. The nephron is composed of the glomerulus, the juxtaglomerular complex, the proximal convoluted tubule, the loop of Henle and the distal convoluted tubule. This chapter deals with the light and electron microscopic structure of both the connective tissue capsule and the uriniferous tubule in the parenchyma of the mammalian kidney.

Keywords

Mesangial Cell Glomerular Basement Membrane Distal Convoluted Tubule Proximal Convoluted Tubule Afferent Arteriole 
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  • Cesare De Martino
  • Delmas J. Allen
  • Lidia Accinni

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