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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...)

Hsue PY, Li D, Ma Y, Ishai A, Manion M, Nahrendorf M, Ganz P, Ridker PM, Deeks SG, Tawakol A
IL-1β Inhibition Reduces Atherosclerotic Inflammation in HIV Infection.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;72(22):2809-2811 - PMID: 30497570 - DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.09.038
Braza MS, van Leent MMT, Lameijer M, Sanchez-Gaytan BL, Arts RJW, Pérez-Medina C, Conde P, Garcia MR, Gonzalez-Perez M, Brahmachary M, Fay F, Kluza E, Kossatz S, Dress RJ, Salem F, Rialdi A, Reiner T, Boros P, Strijkers GJ, Calcagno CC, Ginhoux F, Marazzi I, Lutgens E, Nicolaes GAF, Weber C, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M, Fisher EA, Duivenvoorden R, Fayad ZA, Netea MG, Mulder WJM, Ochando J
Inhibiting Inflammation with Myeloid Cell-Specific Nanobiologics Promotes Organ Transplant Acceptance.
Immunity. 2018;49(5):819-828.e6 - PMID: 30413362 - PMCID: PMC6251711 - DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2018.09.008
Hulsmans M, Aguirre AD, Bonner M, Bapat A, Cremer S, Iwamoto Y, King KR, Swirski FK, Milan DJ, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Miniaturized, Programmable Pacemaker for Long-Term Studies in the Mouse
Circ Res. 2018;:ePub - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313429
Nahrendorf M
Multiorgan Imaging of Comorbidity and Cardiovascular Risk.
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2018;:ePub - PMID: 30448129 - DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2018.09.017

Recent News (more...)

2018-08-27: Boston Globe writes about our recent publication - MGH says it's discovered tiny channels connecting skull and brain
2018-07-17: Matthias Nahrendorf joins the Advisory Board for Nature Reviews Cardiology.
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.