BIPN Kidneys Ppt Annotated

BIPN Kidneys Ppt Annotated - Introduction to kidney...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to kidney physiology This kidney was sliced longitudinally. Notice the distinctive regions that can be seen even with the unaided eye. The functional unit of a kidney is an epithelial tube called a nephron . Each nephron consists of several segments arranged in series, and each segment has a unique set of physiological properties. In addition, blood vessels play a critical role in kidney function. Nephrons carry out four major categories of functions: filtration, reabsorption, synthesis, and secretion (which is NOT like endocrine secretionbeware!) Each nephron consists of an epithelial tube that is one cell layer thick. The properties of the epithelial cells vary depending on where in the nephron the cells are located. The polarized epithelial cells of nephrons have different molecules in the mucosal and serosal membranes AND in different locations along each nephron. each nephron....
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course BIPN 100 taught by Professor French during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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