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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...)

Hulsmans M, Sager HB, Roh JD, Valero-Muñoz M, Houstis NE, Iwamoto Y, Sun Y, Wilson RM, Wojtkiewicz G, Tricot B, Osborne MT, Hung J, Vinegoni C, Naxerova K, Sosnovik DE, Zile MR, Bradshaw AD, Liao R, Tawakol A, Weissleder R, Rosenzweig A, Swirski FK, Sam F, Nahrendorf M
Cardiac macrophages promote diastolic dysfunction.
J Exp Med. 2018;215(2):423-440 - PMID: 29339450 - PMCID: PMC5789416 - DOI: 10.1084/jem.20171274 - Cover
Honold L, Nahrendorf M
Resident and Monocyte-Derived Macrophages in Cardiovascular Disease.
Circ Res. 2018;122(1):113-127 - PMID: 29301844 - PMCID: PMC5777215 - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311071
Engblom C*, Pfirschke C*, Zilionis R, Da Silva Martins J, Bos SA, Courties G, Rickelt S, Severe N, Baryawno N, Faget J, Savova V, Zemmour D, Kline J, Siwicki M, Garris C, Pucci F, Liao HW, Lin YJ, Newton A, Yaghi OK, Iwamoto Y, Tricot B, Wojtkiewicz GR, Nahrendorf M, Cortez-Retamozo V, Meylan E, Hynes RO, Demay M, Klein A, Bredella MA, Scadden DT, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ
Osteoblasts remotely supply lung tumors with cancer-promoting SiglecFhigh neutrophils
Science. 2017;358:eaal5081 - PMID: 29191879 - DOI: 10.1126/science.aal5081
Nahrendorf M, Vandoorne K
Albumin-Binding MR Probe Detects High-Risk Coronary Plaques in Patients.
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2018;:ePub - PMID: 29361477 - DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2017.11.026

Recent News (more...)

2017-07-21: "..changing from racing a Ferrari to riding a bicycle (with a flat tire)" - former CBS fellow Florian Leuschner is documenting his transition from a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States to junior faculty in Europe in this Circulation Research paper. (pdf)
2017-07-10: Recent CSB work featured in the NEJM. (pdf)
2017-06-27: The Nahrendorf and Swirski labs at the 2017 Atherosclerosis Gordon Conference, which elected Fil Swirski as 2021 conference chair.
2017-06-05: CSB work is profiled in MGH Research Institute spotlight "Mass General Researchers Investigate the ‘Big Eaters’ of the Immune System: #MacrophageMonday"