Functions of the lymphatic system

These include: An in-line filter function of the lymph nodes; Return of protein from the interstitial space to the venous system; The transport of lipoproteins, long-chain fatty acids and cholesterol that has been absorbed in the small intestine; Contributing to the maintenance of renal concentrating ability.

Factors determining smooth muscle tone

Intrinsic myogenic tone.

Locally produced vasoactive substances: metabolic products, including lactic acid, carbon dioxide, potassium, adenosine diphosphate (ADP), AMP and adenosine. Circulating blood substances: adrenaline, vasopressin, angiotensin II, ANP.

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