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Glomerulus + Glomerular capsule filtering unit = renal corpuscle. Also, in the glomerular capillary bed, the kidneys have other specialized capillaries, called peritubular capillaries that are tiny blood vessels that run parallel to and surround the proximal and distal tubules of the nephron, as well as the loop of Henle, where they are known as the vasa recta. The vasa recta are important for countercurrent exchange, the process that concentrates urine.