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Scanning ion conductance microscopy of live human glomerulus. J Cell Mol Med 2021 May;25(9):4216-4219



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Podocyte damage is a hallmark of glomerular diseases, such as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, typically associated with marked albuminuria and progression of renal pathology. Podocyte structural abnormalities and loss are also linked to minimal change disease and more common diabetic kidney disease. Here we applied the first-time scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) technique to assess the freshly isolated human glomerulus's topology. SICM provides a unique opportunity to evaluate glomerulus podocytes as well as other nephron structural segments with electron microscopy resolution but in live samples. Shown here is the application of the SICM method in the live human glomerulus, which provides proof of principle for future dynamic analysis of membrane morphology and various functional parameters in living cells.

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Bohovyk R, Fedoriuk M, Isaeva E, Shevchuk A, Palygin O, Staruschenko A


Olena Isaeva PhD Assistant Professor in the Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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Kidney Glomerulus
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning