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Type: Journal article
Title: The lymphatic vasculature in the 21st century: novel functional roles in homeostasis and disease
Author: Oliver, G.
Kipnis, J.
Randolph, G.J.
Harvey, N.L.
Citation: Cell, 2020; 182(2):270-296
Publisher: Cell Press; Elsevier
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0092-8674
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Guillermo Oliver, Jonathan Kipnis, Gwendalyn J. Randolph and Natasha L. Harvey
Abstract: Mammals have two specialized vascular circulatory systems: the blood vasculature and the lymphatic vasculature. The lymphatic vasculature is a unidirectional conduit that returns filtered interstitial arterial fluid and tissue metabolites to the blood circulation. It also plays major roles in immune cell trafficking and lipid absorption. As we discuss in this review, the molecular characterization of lymphatic vascular development and our understanding of this vasculature's role in pathophysiological conditions has greatly improved in recent years, changing conventional views about the roles of the lymphatic vasculature in health and disease. Morphological or functional defects in the lymphatic vasculature have now been uncovered in several pathological conditions. We propose that subtle asymptomatic alterations in lymphatic vascular function could underlie the variability seen in the body's response to a wide range of human diseases.
Keywords: Lymphatic function
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Inc.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.039
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