Renal vasculature as observed by SEM of vascular casts. Basic architecture, development and aging of glomerular capillary beds

  • Takuro Murakami
  • Akio Kikuta
  • Aiji Ohtsuka
  • Tetsuji Kaneshige
Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 8)


Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of sample casts allows clear three-dimensional and long range viewing of fine blood vascular beds and other vascular systems, previously poorly visualized by conventional light or transmission electron microscopy of sectioned samples [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Spatial relations between the vessels and surrounding tissue elements cannot be examined in the cast as it is observed in isolation. Despite this limitation, displaying vascular patterns as independent structures already has proven useful and valuable in the study of microvascular architecture and microcirculation in various organs and tissues, including the kidney [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14].


Afferent Arteriole Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate Efferent Arteriole Capillary Plexus Interlobular Artery 
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  • Takuro Murakami
  • Akio Kikuta
  • Aiji Ohtsuka
  • Tetsuji Kaneshige

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