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What is filtration?

1.Filtration: the formation at the glomerular capillaries of an essentially protein-free filtrate of plasma, (~20%)


What is average GFR?

180 litres per day


 - Allows regulation of ECF volume and control of blood composition (eliminating nasty substances)


What is reabsorption?

Reabsorption: Substances that the body wants are reabsorbed, those it doesn’t want stay in the tubule and are excreted.


What is secretion?

Secretion: Substances may be specifically removed from the body in this way.


Some drugs are eliminated this way


Proton excretion is important in the regulation of acid base balance


How much blood flow does the kidney receive?

Kidneys receive a blood flow of » 1200mls/min, ie 20-25% of total cardiac output


Remarkable since the kidneys weigh less than 1% of the body weight


How long would it take for the entire blood volume to pass through the kidney?

less than 5 mins


Are red blood cells and blood plasma filtered into the bowmans capsule?

None of the red cells and only a fraction of the plasma is filtered through into Bowman’s capsule.

The remainder passes via the efferent arterioles into the peritubular capillaries and then to the renal vein.


How much of renal plasma becomes glomerular filtrate?

Plasma constitutes » 55% of total BV.                                                       

55% of 1200mls/min = 660mls/min = renal plasma flow                 

GFR is normally 125mls/min                                                                

Therefore the filtration fraction = 125/660 x100 = 19%                       ie 19% of the renal plasma becomes glomerular filtrate.


What forces govern filtration?

Glomerular Filtration occurs in exactly the same way as fluid filters out of any capillary in the body.

It is dependent on the balance between the hydrostatic forces favouring filtration and the oncotic pressure forces favouring reabsorption.  (Starling’s forces).


What determines the filterability of solutes across te glomerular filtration barrier?

Molecular size

Electrical charge




Describe the structure of the glomerular endothelial cell

Fenestrated - prevents filtration of blood cells but allows all components of blood plasma to pass through


Describe the function of the basal lamina of the glomerulus

Prevents the filtration of larger proteins


Descrbe the function of the slit membrane between the pedicels

Prevents filtration of medium sized proteins


Why is the glomerular capillary pressure high?

Because the afferent arteriole is short and wide and offers little resistance to flow. So the blood arriving at the glomerulus still has a high hydrostatic pressure.


In addition, the unique arrangement of the efferent arteriole which is long and narrow offers a high post-capillary resistance.


Golden rule of the circulation:

If you have a high resistance, hydrostatic pressure upstream is increased, while the pressure downstream is decreased.


Describe the difference in pressure between hydrostatic pressure and the oncotic pressure in the glomerular capillaries

At the glomerular capillaries the hydrostatic P favouring filtration always exceeds the oncotic P.


How do we calculate net filtration pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure minus the colloid osmotic pressure plus the fluid pressure creasted by fluid in the bowmans capsule


What is the number 1 factor affecting  GFR?

In normal physiology, 1° factor is PGC and this is dependent on the  afferent and efferent arteriolar diameter and therefore the balance of resistance between them.


What extrinsically controles the GFR?

a) Sympathetic VC nerves -  afferent and efferent constriction, greater sensitivity of afferent arteriole.

b) Circulating catecholamines -  constriction 1°ily afferent

c) Angiotensin II - constriction, of efferent at [low], both afferent and efferent at [high].


What is the affect of increasing the resistance of the afferent and efferent arteriole?


What does the renal vasculature adjust its resistance in relation to?

Blood pressure


This keeps BF and GFR essentially constant = autoregulation.


What is the effect of an increasing blood pressure and a decreasing blood pressure on GFR?

Below 60mmHg, filtration falls and ceases altogether when MBP = 50mmHg.

If mean arterial P increases ­, there is an automatic ­ increase in afferent arteriolar constriction, preventing a rise in glomerular PGC . Dilatation occurs if P falls.


What is autoregulation dependant on?

Autoregulation is independent of nerves or hormones, occurs in denervated and in isolated perfused kidneys.


What is the autoregulatory range?

In man autoregulatory range is 60-130mmHg,


What is the response in the kidneys if there is a haemorrhage?

In situations where blood volume/BP face serious compromise, eg in haemorrhage, activation of sympathetic VC nerves and AII, can override autoregulation liberating blood for more immediately important organs.


As much as 800mls of blood per minute can thus be provided to perfuse these other organs at the expense of the kidney.


What is the effect of prolonged reduction in renal blood flow?

Can lead to irreparable damage which may then lead to death because of disruption of the kidney’s role in homeostasis.


What percentage of blood volume is filtered, reabsorbed and excreted into the external environment?


Why is there low blood pressure in the peritubular capillaries?

Hydrostatic pressure overcoming frictional resistance in efferent arterioles


What is the oncotic pressure like in the peritubular capilaries?

High compared to normal because there is a loss of 20% of plasma


Why do the peritubular capillaries favour reabsorption?

As a consequence, the net result of the low PPC and the high Pp is that the balance of Starling’s forces in the peritubular capillaries is entirely in favour of reabsorption.


What things are reabsorbed and where are they reabsorbed?

99% H2O, 100% glucose, 99.5% Na+, 50% urea filtered at the glomerulus are reabsorbed within the tubule, mainly at the proximal convoluted tubule.