Lymphatic vasculature development

Nat Rev Immunol. 2004 Jan;4(1):35-45. doi: 10.1038/nri1258.


Although the process of blood vasculature formation has been well documented, little is known about lymphatic vasculature development, despite its importance in normal and pathological conditions. The lack of specific lymphatic markers has hampered progress in this field. However, the recent identification of genes that participate in the formation of the lymphatic vasculature denotes the beginning of a new era in which better diagnoses and therapeutic treatment(s) of lymphatic disorders could become a reachable goal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development / immunology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Vessels / anatomy & histology
  • Lymphatic Vessels / pathology
  • Lymphatic Vessels / physiology*