Journal article

Intercellular spaces between macula densa cells: an ultrastructural study comparing high pressure perfusion fixation with in situ drip-fixation of rat kidney.

A Messina, D Alcorn, GB Ryan

Cell and Tissue Research | Published : 1987


In situ drip-fixation of superficial glomeruli and tubules in the rat kidney verified the results obtained from high pressure perfusion fixation studies indicating that distinct spaces normally exist between the cells of the macula densa. Following treatment with frusemide these intercellular spaces between the macula densa cells became closed in both drip-fixed and perfusion-fixed kidneys. These findings suggest that the variability of extracellular compartmentation found in the macula densa is unlikely to be an artifact but most likely represents changes in the in vivo status of the macula densa.