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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...)

Sager HB, Dutta P, Dahlman JE, Hulsmans M, Courties G, Sun Y, Heidt T, Vinegoni C, Borodovsky A, Fitzgerald K, Wojtkiewicz GR, Iwamoto Y, Tricot B, Khan OF, Kauffman KJ, Xing Y, Shaw TE, Libby P, Langer R, Weissleder R, Swirski FK, Anderson DG, Nahrendorf M
RNAi targeting multiple cell adhesion molecules reduces immune cell recruitment and vascular inflammation after myocardial infarction
Sci Transl Med. 2016;8:342 - PMID: 27280687 - Cover
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
Sager HB, Nahrendorf M
Inflammation: a trigger for acute coronary syndrome.
Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2016;:ePub - PMID: 27273431

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)