loop of Henle

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loop of Hen·le

A U-shaped segment of the nephron in a vertebrate kidney that functions in water resorption.

[After Friedrich Gustav Jacob Henle (1809-1885), German pathologist.]
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loop′ of Hen′le

(ˈhɛn li)
the part of a kidney tubule that loops from the cortex into the medulla of the kidney.
[1880–85; after French. German. J. Henle (1809–85), German pathologist]
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In the kidney, AQP1 is localized to the apical and basolateral membrane of epithelial cells in the proximal tubule and descending thin limb of Henle's loop (Ansa nephroni or nephron loop) where it reabsorbs the vast majority of filtered water (Nielsen et al., 1993; Zhai et al., 2007; Kortenoeven & Fenton).
The water channel AQP1 is the predominant pathway by which water is reabsorbed from the descending thin limb of Henle's loop in the process of urine concentration (Chou et al., 1999).
The loop of Henle consists of several segments including the thin descending limb, the thin ascending limb of Henle, and the thick ascending limb.