The histological affinity pattern of Dolichos biflorus agglutinin (DBA) in kidneys from mice (NMRI, Balb/c, CBA) and rats (Wistar) fixed by perfusion with formalin, Bouin, or HgCl2 was investigated with a horseradish peroxidase conjugate. The animals were examined from fetal stage to adulthood.

Adult female NMRI mice exhibited constant DBA labelling, with DBA binding to cells of the proximal and collecting tubules. Moreover the vascular endothelium of the renal papilla was found to be DBA-positive in 50% of adult female animals. In contrast, there was only very little DBA binding in the kidneys of male adult NMRI mice.

There was no sexual dimorphism in lectin labelling in kidneys from other strains of mice or from rats.