Lymphatic Physiology and Secretory Immunity

  • Joe Hall
  • Eva Orlans
  • Jane Peppard
  • John Reynolds
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 107)


The chyle-filled lacteals of the mesentery, and the various components of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) were noted by the earliest anatomists, but their role in mucosal immunity became apparent relatively recently and is still a somewhat controversial topic. It is true, unfortunately, that even amongst mammals, differences in reproductive and digestive physiology and age-related changes in the GALT make a general understanding of the immune systems of their various mucosae particularly difficult. Therefore, it may be helpful to review briefly some of the factors which are thought to govern the behaviour of those lymphoid cells and humoral factors that are associated with immune reactions at mucous surfaces.


Lamina Propria Interstitial Fluid Mesenteric Node Small Lymphocyte Secretory Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe Hall
    • 1
  • Eva Orlans
    • 1
  • Jane Peppard
    • 1
  • John Reynolds
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Cancer ResearchChester Beatty Research InstituteBelmont, Sutton, SurreyEngland

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