Ultrastructural co-localisation of vimentin and cytokeratin in visceral glomerular epithelial cells of dogs with glomerulonephritis

Res Vet Sci. 1995 Jul;59(1):87-91. doi: 10.1016/0034-5288(95)90037-3.


The expression of cytokeratin and vimentin was studied in the glomerular epithelial cells of canine kidneys with and without glomerular abnormalities. Using ultrastructural, immunogold single and double labelling techniques, cytokeratin and vimentin were found together in the visceral glomerular epithelial cells (vGECs) of abnormal kidneys. In normal kidneys, the vGECs expressed only vimentin, and cytokeratin was found exclusively in parietal glomerular epithelial cells (pGECs). These results confirm previous findings in the same animals, obtained by immunohistological staining techniques.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / metabolism*
  • Dogs
  • Epithelium / metabolism
  • Female
  • Glomerulonephritis / metabolism
  • Glomerulonephritis / pathology
  • Glomerulonephritis / veterinary*
  • Keratins / metabolism*
  • Kidney Glomerulus / metabolism*
  • Kidney Glomerulus / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Immunoelectron / veterinary
  • Vimentin / metabolism*


  • Vimentin
  • Keratins