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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...)

Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK
Cholesterol, CCR2, and monocyte phenotypes in atherosclerosis.
Eur Heart J. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28329093
Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Inflammation: Old, caffeinated, and healthy.
Nat Rev Cardiol. 2017;14(4):194-196 - PMID: 28250451
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
Lee S, Courties G, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Vinegoni C
Motion characterization scheme to minimize motion artifacts in intravital microscopy.
J Biomed Opt. 2017;22(3):36005 - PMID: 28253383

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)