Swirski Lab

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Phone: 617-724-6242

Our goal is to understand how inflammation protects from and contributes to cardiometabolic, infectious, and neurodegenerative diseases. We are interested in elucidating how neural circuits communicate with the immune system to anticipate danger and how metabolic pathways allocate resources to either license or restrict leukocyte production and function.

Specific projects in the lab include those that build on previous work, such as monocyte and macrophage function in atherosclerosis (J Clin Invest 2007; Nat Med 2013), immune inflammatory mechanisms in the heart (J Exp Med 2007; Science 2009; J Exp Med 2017; J Exp Med 2019), the influence of sleep on inflammation (Nature 2019), and the links between the immune system and metabolism (Nat Med 2016; Nature 2019). We collaborate closely with the Nahrendorf Lab.

Recent Publications

  • van Leent MMT, Beldman TJ, Toner YC, Lameijer MA, Rother N, Bekkering S, Teunissen AJP, Zhou X, van der Meel R, Malkus J, Nauta SA, Klein ED, Fay F, Sanchez-Gaytan BL, Pérez-Medina C, Kluza E, Ye YX, Wojtkiewicz G, Fisher EA, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M, Zhang B, Li Y, Zhang B, Joosten LAB, Pasterkamp G, Boltjes A, Fayad ZA, Lutgens E, Netea MG, Riksen NP, Mulder WJM, Duivenvoorden R Prosaposin mediates inflammation in atherosclerosis. Sci Transl Med. 2021;13(584):ePub - PMID: 33692130 - DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abe1433

  • Heyde A, Rohde D, McAlpine CS, Zhang S, Hoyer FF, Gerold JM, Cheek D, Iwamoto Y, Schloss MJ, Vandoorne K, Iborra-Egea O, Muñoz-Guijosa C, Bayes-Genis A, Reiter JG, Craig M, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M, Nowak MA, Naxerova K Increased stem cell proliferation in atherosclerosis accelerates clonal hematopoiesis. Cell. 2021;184:1-14 - PMID: 33636128 - DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.01.049

  • Bénard A, Jacobsen A, Brunner M, Krautz C, Klösch B, Swierzy I, Naschberger E, Podolska MJ, Kouhestani D, David P, Birkholz T, Castellanos I, Trufa D, Sirbu H, Vetter M, Kremer AE, Hildner K, Hecker A, Edinger F, Tenbusch M, Mühl-Zürbes P, Steinkasserer A, Richter E, Streeck H, Berger MM, Brenner T, Weigand MA, Swirski FK, Schett G, Grützmann R, Weber GF Interleukin-3 is a predictive marker for severity and outcome during SARS-CoV-2 infections. Nat Commun. 2021;12(1):1112 - PMID: 33602937 - PMCID: PMC7893044 - DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21310-4

  • Swirski FK ESC William Harvey Lecture on Basic Science 2020. Eur Heart J. 2020;41(46):4373-4374 - PMID: 33349865 - DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa766

  • Härdtner C, Kornemann J, Krebs K, Ehlert CA, Jander A, Zou J, Starz C, Rauterberg S, Sharipova D, Dufner B, Hoppe N, Dederichs TS, Willecke F, Stachon P, Heidt T, Wolf D, von Zur Mühlen C, Madl J, Kohl P, Kaeser R, Boettler T, Pieterman EJ, Princen HMG, Ho-Tin-Noé B, Swirski FK, Robbins CS, Bode C, Zirlik A, Hilgendorf I Inhibition of macrophage proliferation dominates plaque regression in response to cholesterol lowering. Basic Res Cardiol. 2020;115(6):78 - PMID: 33296022 - PMCID: PMC7725697 - DOI: 10.1007/s00395-020-00838-4

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