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One of the posterior of three pairs of vertebrate renal structures; persists as the definitive or permanent kidney in adult reptiles, birds, and mammals.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a paired excretory organ in reptiles, birds, mammals, and man that replaces the mesonephros in the course of embryonic development.

The uriniferous tubules of the metanephros form from the nonsegmented posterior part of the nephrotome; unlike the uriniferous tubules of the mesonephros, they begin at the malpighian corpuscles. The ends of the tubules of the metanephros open not into the wolffian duct, as in the mesonephros, but into the ureter, an outgrowth of it.

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However, CsA, as an immunosuppressant, is a specific inhibitor of Calcineurin (Cn), which is a downstream effector molecule of calcium.[sup][6] There is considerable evidences that CsA exposure in rabbits during the gestation period could cause a postnatal decrease in the number of nephrons, but the specific mechanism and effects remain unknown.[sup][7] In our study, we aimed to explore the effect of CsA on the development of metanephros in the pregnant BALB/c mice.
In metanephros the mean height of proximal tubular cells in group II was 10.40 [+ or -] 0.12 [micro]m, in group III was 11.34 [+ or -] 0.46 [micro]m, in group IV was 7.21 [+ or -] 0.07 [micro]m and in group V was 10.35 [+ or -] 0.14 [micro]m (Tables 2- 4).
By 55 days of age (Figure 4-5) the mesonephros has regressed and the metanephros has begun producing urine.
During vertebrate development, the kidney develops in three forms, pronephros, mesonephros and metanephros. The mesonephros, which constitutes the adult kidney of reptiles, birds and mammals, is not present in fish or in amphibians.
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