Some aspects of renal physiology in the Brush-tailed possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

  • Ian A. Reid
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In the vertebrates the kidneys play a vital role in the regulation of the volume and composition of the extracellular fluid. To control this function a variety of mechanisms, both neural and endocrine, have evolved. These mechanisms have been studied extensively in eutherians but few detailed comparative investigations have been made. This is particularly true in the case of the marsupials. Until quite recently, little information was available on kidney structure and function and, in general, the data concerning the role of the adrenal cortex and the renin — angiotensin system in the regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance was very limited. It therefore seemed desirable to study renal physiology in the marsupials and to investigate in detail some of the mechanisms responsible for the regulation of renal function.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian A. Reid
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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