Author(s): Yagihashi S, Goto Y, Kakizaki M, Kaseda N
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Abstract The glomerular basement membrane of spontaneously diabetic rats was investigated by quantitative analysis using electron microscopy, with special reference to the effect of ageing. Constant age-related increase in the width of basement membrane was ascertained both in diabetic and control rats, and the mean values of basement membrane thickness were always higher in the spontaneously diabetic rats than in normal control rats. Significant thickening of glomerular basement membrane was found in the diabetic rats at 12 weeks of age, while younger diabetic rats had no definite increase. The difference in basement membrane thickness between diabetic and normal control rats became larger with increasing age.
This article was published in Diabetologia
and referenced in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism