We’ve decided to feature a recently completed project each month to let you know what we’ve been up to. Hope you enjoy this first image entitled, Glomeruli of the Kidney. The illustration was created for a biotechnology company.
This 3D illustration features the structure of a glomerulus, the basic filtration unit of the kidney, within the environment of a kidney cortex. Glomeruli are capillary clusters or knots that are enveloped by interdigitating podocyte cells and ensheathed by a capsule known as the Bowman’s capsule. The Bowman’s capsule is an expansion of the proximal convoluted tubule and consists of a membrane formed by parietal epithelial cells. The green cells shown are known as extraglomerular mesangial cells. These cells synthesize renin, a hormone involved in the renin-angiotensin autoregulation system of the kidney.
Glomerular disease impairs the ability of the kidneys to filter out and eliminate toxins.