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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...)

Frodermann V, Nahrendorf M
Neutrophil-macrophage cross-talk in acute myocardial infarction.
Eur Heart J. 2016;:ePub - PMID: 26984866
Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK
Leukocytes Link Local and Systemic Inflammation in Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease: An Expanded "Cardiovascular Continuum".
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016;67(9):1091-103 - PMID: 26940931 - PMCID: PMC4779182
Swirski FK, Robbins CS, Nahrendorf M
Development and Function of Arterial and Cardiac Macrophages.
Trends Immunol. 2016;37(1):32-40 - PMID: 26748179 - PMCID: PMC4706986
Rischpler C, Dirschinger RJ, Nekolla SG, Kossmann H, Nicolosi S, Hanus F, van Marwick S, Kunze KP, Meinicke A, Götze K, Kastrati A, Langwieser N, Ibrahim T, Nahrendorf M, Schwaiger M, Laufwitz KL
Prospective Evaluation of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake in Postischemic Myocardium by Simultaneous Positron Emission Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Prognostic Marker of Functional Outcome
Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016;9:e004316 - PMID: 27056601 - PMCID: PMC4826716

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)