Hypertension and nephrology

[Multi-photon fluorescence microscopy in the revealance of kidney physiology]

PRÓKAI Ágnes1, BERTA Nóra1, VANNAY Ádám1,2, SZIKSZ Erna1,2, KIS-PETIK Katalin3, FEKETE Andrea1,2, TOMA Ildikó4, TULASSAY Tivadar1,2, KELLERMAYER Miklós3, PETI-PETERDI János4, SZABÓ J. Attila1

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

Hypertension and nephrology - 2012;16(01)

[In this review we discuss the importance of the multi-photon fluorescence microscopy in the relevance of kidney physiology. Most functions of the kidney, including the clearance of metabolic waste products, maintenance of body fluid, electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure are achieved by complex interactions between multiple renal cell types and previously inaccessible structures that have been difficult to study. Multi-photon fluorescence microscopy offers an advanced imaging technique for deep optical sectioning of living tissues and organs with minimal deleterious effects. Dynamic regulatory processes and multiple functions in the intact kidney can be quantitatively visualized in real time with submicron resolution. This article reviews the application of multi-photon imaging technology that provided the most complex, spatial and temporal portrayal of renal function, depicting as well as analyzing the components and mechanisms involved in renal (patho)physiology such as glomerular structure and function, tubular transport, tubular-vesicular interaction and the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, I. Sz. Gyermekgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  2. MTA-SE, Gyermekgyógyászati és Nefrológiai Kutatócsoport, Budapest
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Biofizikai és Sugárbiológiai Intézet, Budapest
  4. Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA



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