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Renal Corpuscle, electron micrograph

Micrograph courtesy of Jeff Morton

See below for a labelled image.  stratum corneum stratum granulosum stratum spinosum capillary venule melanocyte? stratum basale dermis blood vessel u lymphocyte infiltrate blood vessel blood vessel vessel blood vessel vessel nerve artery vein blood vessel blood vessel blood vessel blood vessel fibrous connective tissue adipocyte adipocyte adipose tissue nerve blood vessel

The cortex of the kidney is distinguished by characteristic renal corpuscles, each of which consists of an outer envelope (Bowman's capsule) surrounding a fluid-filled space (Bowman's space) within which is suspended a glomerulus.  

This micrograph includes portions of several glomerular capillaries and, toward the bottom of the image, Bowman's capsule with underlying cortical stroma.  For greater detail, click on the thumbnail at right.

RBC = red blood cell in capillary lumen

fm = filtration membrane

p = nucleus of podocyte

e = nucleus of capillary endothelium

B = nucleus of Bowman's capsule epithelium

Collagen appears in the interstitial space below the basement membrane of Bowman's capsule

Micrograph courtesy of Jeff Morton  

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