Histology Photomicrographs

Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL& 241L-242L)
Karen Hart, Peninsula College

Epithelial tissue: Simple cuboidal epithelium

 

Example: A simple cuboidal epithelium forms the walls of certain kidney tubules.

Slide: Epithelia 3 types HA 6-1
Location: Kidney medulla

Microscope at 400X

The upper photo shows a cross section of kidney tubules. The lower photo shows a longitudinal section of kidney tubules.

The wall of a tubule is composed of a single layer of cuboidal cells (a simple cuboidal epithelium).

In the cross section each tubule appears as a ring of cuboidal cells around a white space (the lumen of the tubule).

In the longitudinal section the lumen of a tubule is indicated by lu. Arrows indicate the edges of this tubule. The darker line of pink at the edges is the basement membrane material of the tubule.

Slide: Epithelia 3 types HA 6-1
Location: Kidney medulla

Microscope at 400X

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