Morphology of Renal Epithelium

  • C. C. Tisher

Abstract

In the mammalian kidney, there are two general populations of nephrons; the principal anatomic difference between them is the length of the loop of Henle (Fig. 1). Superficial or cortical nephrons have short loops with abbreviated (sometimes absent) thin-limb segments, while juxtamedullary nephrons have long loops of Henle with well-developed descending and ascending thin-limb segments that extend into the medulla. In man, shortlooped nephrons predominate by a ratio of 7:1. In many mammals, there is evidence for a direct association between the relative length of the renal medulla, hence the length of the long-looped nephrons, and the ability to concentrate urine maximally (1).

Keywords

Distal Tubule Distal Convoluted Tubule Outer Medulla Intercalate Cell Collect Duct 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. C. Tisher
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Experimental Morphology and Cell Biology, Division of NephrologyUniversity of Florida College of MedicineGainesvilleUSA

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