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Matthias Nahrendorf's Lab

The laboratory focuses on the role of immunity in cardiovascular disease, specifically in atherosclerosis and heart failure. Of particular interest are the supply and production of leukocytes by the hematopoietic system, and the signals that regulate hematopoiesis after ischemic injuries such as myocardial infarction or stroke. We described that after myocardial infarction, the spleen releases a large population of ready-made leukocytes that travel to the ischemic heart (Science 2009). We further found that after myocardial infarction, increased sympathetic nerve activity modulates the hematopoietic stem cell niche, activating migration and proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells. This, in turn, accelerated the progression of atherosclerosis (Nature 2012), possibly explaining why secondary infarcts are so common in patients. We are interested in identifying and blocking danger signals arising from ischemic injury, including neural signals that amplify systemic inflammation. The laboratory also develops and employs imaging approaches to sample biology non-invasively, using MR, nuclear, optical and hybrid imaging.

We closely collaborate with the Swirski lab.

Recent Publications (more...)

Alaarg A, Pérez-Medina C, Metselaar JM, Nahrendorf M, Fayad ZA, Storm G, Mulder WJM
Applying nanomedicine in maladaptive inflammation and angiogenesis.
Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28506745
Hulsmans M, Clauss S, Xiao L, Aguirre AD, King KR, Hanley A, Hucker WJ, Wülfers EM, Seemann G, Courties G, Iwamoto Y, Sun Y, Savol AJ, Sager HB, Lavine KJ, Fishbein GA, Capen DE, Da Silva N, Miquerol L, Wakimoto H, Seidman CE, Seidman JG, Sadreyev RI, Naxerova K, Mitchell RN, Brown D, Libby P, Weissleder R, Swirski FK, Kohl P, Vinegoni C, Milan DJ, Ellinor PT, Nahrendorf M
Macrophages Facilitate Electrical Conduction in the Heart
Cell. 2017;169:510-522 - PMID: 28431249
Kim DE, Kim JY, Schellingerhout D, Ryu JH, Lee SK, Jeon S, Lee JS, Kim J, Jang HJ, Park JE, Kim EJ, Kwon IC, Ahn CH, Nahrendorf M, Kim K
Quantitative Imaging of Cerebral Thromboemboli In Vivo: The Effects of Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator.
Stroke. 2017;48(5):1376-1385 - PMID: 28432262

Recent News (more...)

2017-04-20: Science features CSB research on macrophages in the heart - (pdf)
2017-04-05: Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD, has been promoted to Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School. Congratulations Matthias!
2016-09-16: Circulation Research spotlights a profile of Matthias Nahrendorf, MD PhD and his research. (pdf)