loop of Henle

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loop of Henle

(hĕn′lē)
n.
A U-shaped segment of the nephron in a vertebrate kidney that functions in water resorption.

loop of Henle

the U-shaped, nonconvoluted part of the tubule which leads from a BOWMAN'S CAPSULE to the central cavity of the kidney (the pelvis), and where the urine is concentrated. Together, the capsule and tubule form a NEPHRON. Animals in arid climates have very long loops of Henle and produce small quantities of highly concentrated urine.
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It is worth mentioning that approximately 65 % of the filtered water is reabsorbed in the proximal tubule and 15 % in the descending thin limb of Henle, which both are constitutive processes (Kortenoeven & Fenton).
In medulla of kidney, immunolight microscopy confirmed weak labelling of AQP1 in the thick descending limb and descending thin limb of Henle's loop of HND compared with ND rats.
Reduced water permeability and altered ultrastructure in thin descending limb of Henle in aquaporin-1 null mice.