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

  • Ott C, Pappritz K, Hegemann N, John C, Jeuthe S, McAlpine CS, Iwamoto Y, Lauryn JH, Klages J, Klopfleisch R, Van Linthout S, Swirski F, Nahrendorf M, Kintscher U, Grune T, Kuebler WM, Grune J Spontaneous Degenerative Aortic Valve Disease in New Zealand Obese Mice. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021;10(23):e023131 - PMID: 34779224 - DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.121.023131

  • Barrett TJ, Corr EM, van Solingen C, Schlamp F, Brown EJ, Koelwyn GJ, Lee AH, Shanley LC, Spruill TM, Bozal F, de Jong A, Newman AAC, Drenkova K, Silvestro M, Ramkhelawon B, Reynolds HR, Hochman JS, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK, Fisher EA, Berger JS, Moore KJ Chronic stress primes innate immune responses in mice and humans. Cell Rep. 2021;36(10):109595 - PMID: 34496250 - PMCID: PMC8493594 - DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109595

  • McAlpine CS, Park J, Griciuc A, Kim E, Choi SH, Iwamoto Y, Kiss MG, Christie KA, Vinegoni C, Poller WC, Mindur JE, Chan CT, He S, Janssen H, Wong LP, Downey J, Singh S, Anzai A, Kahles F, Jorfi M, Feruglio PF, Sadreyev RI, Weissleder R, Kleinstiver BP, Nahrendorf M, Tanzi RE, Swirski FK Astrocytic interleukin-3 programs microglia and limits Alzheimer’s disease. Nature. 2021;595(7869):701-706 - PMID: 34262178 - DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03734-6

  • 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):eabe1433 - PMID: 33692130 - PMCID: PMC8209679 - 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 - PMCID: PMC8109274 - DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.01.049

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