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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.

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Recent Publications (more...)

Hilgendorf I, Gerhardt L, Tan TC, Winter C, Holderried TA, Chousterman BG, Iwamoto Y, Liao R, Zirlik A, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Hedrick CC, Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK
Ly-6Chigh Monocytes Depend on Nr4a1 to Balance both Inflammatory and Reparative Phases in the Infarcted Myocardium.
Circ Res. 2014;:ePub - PMID: 24625784
Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK
Fluorescent leukocytes enter plaque on the microscope stage.
Circ Res. 2014;114(5):740-1 - PMID: 24577957 - PMCID: PMC3957183
Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M, Pittet MJ
Imaging macrophages with nanoparticles.
Nat Mater. 2014;13(2):125-38 - PMID: 24452356 - Cover
Pittet MJ, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK
The journey from stem cell to macrophage.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014;:ePub - PMID: 24673186

Recent News (more...)

2014-04-03: Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD received the MGH Research Scholar award
2013-12-16: Partha Dutta, DVM, PhD won a Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund scholarship.
2013-12-13: Partha Dutta, DVM, PhD received an NIH career award and has been promoted to Instructor. Congratulations Partha!
2013-06-10: Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD joined the Editorial Board of Circulation Research.

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