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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...)

Keliher EJ, Ye YX, Wojtkiewicz GR, Aguirre AD, Tricot B, Senders ML, Groenen H, Fay F, Perez-Medina C, Calcagno C, Carlucci G, Reiner T, Sun Y, Courties G, Iwamoto Y, Kim HY, Wang C, Chen JW, Swirski FK, Wey HY, Hooker J, Fayad ZA, Mulder WJ, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Polyglucose nanoparticles with renal elimination and macrophage avidity facilitate PET imaging in ischaemic heart disease.
Nat Commun. 2017;8:14064 - PMID: 28091604 - PMCID: PMC5241815
Frodermann V, Nahrendorf M
Neutrophil-macrophage cross-talk in acute myocardial infarction.
Eur Heart J. 2017;38(3):198-200 - PMID: 28158564
Tang J, Baxter S, Menon A, Alaarg A, Sanchez-Gaytan BL, Fay F, Zhao Y, Ouimet M, Braza MS, Longo VA, Abdel-Atti D, Duivenvoorden R, Calcagno C, Storm G, Tsimikas S, Moore KJ, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M, Fisher EA, Pérez-Medina C, Fayad ZA, Reiner T, Mulder WJ
Immune cell screening of a nanoparticle library improves atherosclerosis therapy.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113(44):E6731-E6740 - PMID: 27791119 - PMCID: PMC5098679
Je KH, Ryu WS, Lee SK, Kim EJ, Kim JY, Jang HJ, Park JE, Nahrendorf M, Schellingerhout D, Kim DE
Green-channel autofluorescence imaging: A novel and sensitive technique to delineate infarcts.
J Neurosci Methods. 2017;279:22-32 - PMID: 28104485

Recent News (more...)

2016-09-16: Circulation Research spotlights a profile of Matthias Nahrendorf, MD PhD and his research. (pdf)
2016-08-15: Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD was appointed International Associate Editor for the European Heart Journal.
2016-08-01: CSB investigators - Mikael Pittet, PhD, Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD, and John Chen, MD, PhD - have been named Distinguished Investigators of the Academy of Radiology Research. Congratulations!
2016-07-14: CSB work is highlighted in Nature Reviews Cardiology. (pdf)
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.