Podocytes

Friday, November 27, 2009

Podocytes, also known as visceral epithelial cells, are cells of the visceral epithelium in the kidneys, constituting a crucial component of the glomerular filtration barrier. The podocytes contribute in size selectivity and maintaining a massive filtration surface.

Podocytes are epithelial cells of the renal glomerulus, which are attached to the outer surface of the glomerular capillary basement membrane by cytoplasmic foot processes.

Podocytes