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 and have recently founded an international consortium dedicated to translational research in ischemic heart disease.

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Recent Publications (more...)

Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Advancing biomedical imaging
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112(47):14424-8 - PMID: 26598657
Signore S, Sorrentino A, Borghetti G, Cannata A, Meo M, Zhou Y, Kannappan R, Pasqualini F, O'Malley H, Sundman M, Tsigkas N, Zhang E, Arranto C, Mangiaracina C, Isobe K, Sena BF, Kim J, Goichberg P, Nahrendorf M, Isom LL, Leri A, Anversa P, Rota M
Late Na(+) current and protracted electrical recovery are critical determinants of the aging myopathy.
Nat Commun. 2015;6:8803 - PMID: 26541940 - PMCID: PMC4638135
Ye YX, Calcagno C, Binderup T, Courties G, Keliher E, Wojtkiewicz GR, Iwamoto Y, Tang J, Perez-Medina C, Mani V, Ishino S, Johnbeck CB, Knigge U, Fayad ZA, Libby P, Weissleder R, Tawakol A, Dubey S, Belanger AP, Di Carli MF, Swirski FK, Kjær A, Mulder W, Nahrendorf M
Imaging Macrophage and Hematopoietic Progenitor Proliferation in Atherosclerosis.
Circ Res. 2015;117(10):835-45 - PMID: 26394773 - PMCID: PMC4619168 - Cover
Hulsmans M, Sam F, Nahrendorf M
Monocyte and macrophage contributions to cardiac remodeling.
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2015;:ePub - PMID: 26593722

Recent News (more...)

2015-09-24: Dong-Eog Kim (Dongguk University, Seoul) and Matthias Nahrendorf received the “Global Research Lab” award from the Korean government, an initiative that integrates US and Korean scientists.
2015-09-18: Congratulations! Partha Dutta heads to the Vascular Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh to start his lab.
2015-06-29: CSB Cardiovascular Program actively participated in the 2015 Atherosclerosis Gordon Research Conference. (participants group photo)
2015-05-19: Matthias Nahrendorf was appointed as consulting editor for Circulation Research.
2014-08-08: CSB work on bone marrow stem cells featured on TV - Channel 4 TV Boston (CBS). (mp4)