Simple cuboidal epithelium
Simple cuboidal eplithelia are epithelial cells with a cuboidal shape arranged in a single layer. Simple cuboidal epithelia is found on the surface of ovaries, the lining of nephrons, the walls of the renal tubules, and parts of the eye and thyroid.
Section of thyroid gland of sheep. X 160.
It provides protection due to its boxy appearance and may be active (pumping material in or out the lumen) or passive, depending on the location and cellular specialization.
- Histology at KUMC epithel-epith03 "Thyroid gland" (Simple cuboidal)
- Template:UCDavisOrganology - "Types of Epithelium"
These cells are also found in glands,kidney tubules, ducts, and the thyroid gland. Simple cuboidal cells are found in single rows with the nuclei in the center of the cells and are directly attached to the basal surface. These cells offer some protection and function in absorption and secretion.