Molecular regulation of lymphatic contractility.

@article{Muthuchamy2008MolecularRO,
  title={Molecular regulation of lymphatic contractility.},
  author={Mariappan Muthuchamy and David C Zawieja},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={1131},
  pages={
          89-99
        }
}
The lymphatic system plays critical roles in body fluid and macromolecular homeostasis, lipid absorption, immune function, and metastasis. To accomplish these tasks, the lymphatics must move lymph and its contents from the interstitial space through the lymph vessels and nodes and into the great veins. Contrary to popular belief, lymph does not passively "drain" down this pathway, because the net pressure gradients oppose flow. Instead, the lymphatics must act as both the conduits that direct… CONTINUE READING
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