The maintenance of tissue homeostasis is indispensable for health. In particular, removal of toxic compounds from cells and organs is a vital process for the organism. The lymphatic vasculature works in order to ensure the efficient removal of tissue waste. Forbidden over the last decade when more attention was paid to the blood vasculature, studies on the lymphatic vasculature have gained momentum during the last couple of years. The lymphatic vasculature naturally runs parallel to the blood vasculature and their synergistic work is critical for maintaining tissue homeostasis. Diminished lymphatic function results in accumulation of body fluids in tissues and gives rise to edema. Recently, it became obvious that immune cells including myeloid cells and lymphocytes are able to interact with and control the development and function of the lymphatic vasculature. In this review, we will focus on the interaction between myeloid cells, including macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells, with lymphatic vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalPflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Dendritic cells
  • Lymphatic system
  • Macrophages
  • Myeloid cells


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