Isolated rat glomerular basement membrane was treated with elastase and observed by transmission electron microscopy. The treatment with elastase revealed the fundamental structure of the glomerular basement membrane quite clearly, and enabled the observation of a sieve structure within the glomerular basement membrane. This sieve structure may play a major role in the filtration of blood as well as in the production of urine. Treatment with antibody showed that the sieve was mainly constituted of type IV collagen.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)