The visceral epithelium, also called the podocyte layer, is the inner epithelium of the renal corpuscle in direct contact with the blood capillaries of the glomerulus. The podocytes arrange to form slit diaphragms, critical in blood filtration.
Part of glomerulus which is positioned within the renal corpuscle (RC). The RC is the functional unit of excretion of the kidney.
As development progresses, podocytes and endothelial cells line the GBM in a polarized fashion. Endothelial cells become flattened against the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) and form fenestrae. Endothelial cells, podocytes, and GBM together form the selectively permeable glomerular filtration barrier (GFB).
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