Role In Immunity
Your Lymphatic system is a big player.
The Immune system is the body’s defence against invaders, such as viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies. The immune system is comprised of special organs, cells and chemicals that fight infection. The main parts that actively fight infection are white blood cells, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the thymus and the bone marrow. Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community.
In addition to regulating the body fluid balance, the lymphatic system also regulates immune responses by transporting bacteria, foreign antigens, particulate matter, and immune cells to regional lymph nodes and lymphoid structures. White Blood Cells called Lymphocytes include natural killer cells, T and B cells are the main type of cell found in lymph fluid. T & B cells identify an invader & generate specific responses that are tailored to eliminate infected cells. Natural Killer cells release cell-killing granules which destroy altered cells. can become engaged members of your blog who like to share their thoughts, ideas and discover interesting people.
Although lymphocytes are distributed throughout the body, it is within the lymphatic system that they are most likely to encounter foreign microorganisms.
A paper published by PubMed on Regulation of Immune Function by the Lymphatic System in Lymphedema states: -
“Prolonged T helper 2 biased immune responses in lymphedema regulate the pathology of this disease by promoting tissue fibrosis, inhibiting formation of collateral lymphatics, decreasing lymphatic vessel pumping capacity, and increasing lymphatic leakiness. Treg infiltration following lymphatic injury results from proliferation of natural Tregs and suppresses innate and adaptive immune responses.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30936872
In other words, if lymph fluid is not continually moved & is allowed to stagnate, the bodies immune response becomes suppressed resulting in thickening & slowing down of fluid through the lymphatic system and inflammatory conditions ensue.