The nephron is composed of renal corpuscle and renal tubule and is the functional unit of the kidney.
The renal corpuscle consists of Bowman's capsule and glomerular capillaries, responsible for plasma filtration (image A) & (image B).
Network of capillaries that invaginate into Bowman's capsule.
Lined by endothelial cells and supported by a basement membrane and covered by the visceral layer of Bowman's capsule.
Forms the distended end of the renal tubule.
Contains a visceral layer of epithelial cells (podocytes) that is reflected at the vascular stalk of the glomerulus to become continuous with the parietal layer.
Urinary space; cavity between the parietal and visceral layers.
Functions as structural support for the capillary loop and contains specialized intraglomerular pericytes (mesangial cells).