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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...)

Vagnozzi RJ, Maillet M, Sargent MA, Khalil H, Johansen AK, Schwanekamp JA, York AJ, Huang V, Nahrendorf M, Sadayappan S, Molkentin JD
An acute immune response underlies the benefit of cardiac stem-cell therapy.
Nature. 2019;:ePub - PMID: 31775156 - DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1802-2
Frodermann V, Rohde D, Courties G, Severe N, Schloss MJ, Amatullah H, McAlpine CS, Cremer S, Hoyer FF, Ji F, van Koeverden ID, Herisson F, Honold L, Masson GS, Zhang S, Grune J, Iwamoto Y, Schmidt SP, Wojtkiewicz GR, Lee IH, Gustafsson K, Pasterkamp G, de Jager SCA, Sadreyev RI, MacFadyen J, Libby P, Ridker P, Scadden DT, Naxerova K, Jeffrey KL, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Exercise reduces inflammatory cell production and cardiovascular inflammation via instruction of hematopoietic progenitor cells
Nature Med. 2019;25(11):1761-1771 - PMID: 31700184 - PMCID: PMC6858591 - DOI: 10.1038/s41591-019-0633-x
Hoyer FF, Naxerova K, Schloss MJ, Hulsmans M, Nair AV, Dutta P, Calcagno DM, Herisson F, Anzai A, Sun Y, Wojtkiewicz G, Rohde D, Frodermann V, Vandoorne K, Courties G, Iwamoto Y, Garris CS, Williams DL, Breton S, Brown D, Whalen M, Libby P, Pittet MJ, King KR, Weissleder R, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Tissue-Specific Macrophage Responses to Remote Injury Impact the Outcome of Subsequent Local Immune Challenge.
Immunity. 2019;51(5):899-914.e7 - PMID: 31732166 - PMCID: PMC6892583 - DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2019.10.010
Kalman JM, Lavandero S, Mahfoud F, Nahrendorf M, Yacoub MH, Zhao D
Looking back and thinking forwards - 15 years of cardiology and cardiovascular research.
Nat Rev Cardiol. 2019;16(11):651-660 - PMID: 31570832 - DOI: 10.1038/s41569-019-0261-7

Recent News (more...)

2019-11-07: Nahrendorf lab alumni Hendrik Sager was appointed as associate professor and deputy-head of cardiology at the Technical University Munich. Congratulations Hendrik!
2019-02-20: We are recruiting! Click here for details.
2018-12-26: Five CSB PIs are on the list of Highly Cited Researchers of 2018. Congratulations to Brad Bernstein, Matthias Nahrendorf, Mikael Pittet, Fil Swirski, and Ralph Weissleder!
2018-08-27: Boston Globe writes about our recent publication - MGH says it's discovered tiny channels connecting skull and brain