Emerging trends in the pathophysiology of lymphatic contractile function. Academic Article uri icon


  • Lymphatic contractile dysfunction is central to a number of pathologies that affect millions of people worldwide. Due to its critical role in the process of inflammation, a dysfunctional lymphatic system also compromises the immune response, further exacerbating a number of inflammation related diseases. Despite the critical physiological functions accomplished by the transport of lymph, a complete understanding of the contractile machinery of the lymphatic system lags far behind that of the blood vasculature. However, there has been a surge of recent research focusing on different mechanisms that underlie both physiological and pathophysiological aspects of lymphatic contractile function. This review summarizes those emerging paradigms that shed some novel insights into the contractile physiology of the lymphatics in normal as well as different disease states. In addition, this review emphasizes the recent progress made in our understanding of various contractile parameters and regulatory elements that contribute to the normal functioning of the lymphatics.

published proceedings

  • Semin Cell Dev Biol

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Chakraborty, S., Davis, M. J., & Muthuchamy, M.

citation count

  • 45

complete list of authors

  • Chakraborty, Sanjukta||Davis, Michael J||Muthuchamy, Mariappan

publication date

  • February 2015