The cell biology of renal filtration

Rizaldy P. Scott*, Susan E. Quaggin

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The function of the kidney, filtering blood and concentrating metabolic waste into urine, takes place in an intricate and functionally elegant structure called the renal glomerulus. Normal glomerular function retains circulating cells and valuable macromolecular components of plasma in blood, resulting in urine with just trace amounts of proteins. Endothelial cells of glomerular capillaries, the podocytes wrapped around them, and the fused extracellular matrix these cells form altogether comprise the glomerular filtration barrier, a dynamic and highly selective filter that sieves on the basis of molecular size and electrical charge. Current understanding of the structural organization and the cellular and molecular basis of renal filtration draws from studies of human glomerular diseases and animal models of glomerular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-210
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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