Podocytes are highly specialised, terminally differentiated cells that are located in the Bowman's capsule of the kidney. These cells have interdigitated foot processes that are bridged by a membrane called the slit diaphragm, and have a role in the selective permeability of the glomerular filtration barrier.

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