The lymphatic system, fundamental for body fluid homeostasis and immune system functions, also participates in pathological processes including cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Many aspects of the lymphatic system are unclear, but great advancements have been made – e.g. the discovery of meningeal lymphatics and the lymphatic-like nature of Schlemm’s canal. Lymphatic-like structures were also recently discovered in proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a severe diabetic eye complication, where the treatment of pathological neovessel growth is not always effective. Novel findings in the field can help to develop new treatments for lymphatic disorders and for other diseases where lymphatic neovascular growth is involved.
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