Local inflammation around the renal glomerulus

Leukocyte Migration

Glomerulus in pink, Nuclei in blue, macrophages in green, neutrophils in red.

Schiwon et al. Cell 2014


Cross talk of two types of macrophages regulates neutrophil migration into the infected epithelium.

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Chemokine secretion

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Secretion of prestored chemokines by tissue macrophages.

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Bad bugs


Pathogenic E.coli infection invade into mucosal epithelium

Transepithelial migration


Monocyte-derived Tumor Necrosis Factor is the fundamental licensing factor


Flow cytometry

Cell sorting, a prerequisite for subsequent cellular analyses

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Local Proliferation of macrophages.

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Regulation of innate immune responses

Innate immune cells play important roles in host defense against invading microorganisms and in regulating tissue specific immunology. The tremendous migratory and functional capabilities of monocytes and macrophages are crucial in initiating inflammatory processes, but also for maintaining organ homeostasis. However, the mechanisms that regulate the migration and function of these cells are incompletely understood. Our aim is to unravel the mechanisms that regulate the migration and the function of these innate immune cells.

Crosstalk of tissue macrophages and neutrophils 

Neutrophils are continuously generated within the bone marrow and released in the circulation. They rapidly migrate into infected tissues and significantly contribute to the inflammatory and antimicrobial process. However, the mechanisms that regulate the interstitial migration and the function of neutrophils in infected organs are incompletely understood. We focus on the role of tissue macrophages, which form a dense network of sentinel cells within tissues, in regulating neutrophil migration and function in infected tissues.  




Resident and inflammatory macrophages
Regulation of Immunology
Induction of immunity



Recruitment from the circulation
Interstitial migration
Crossing of barriers in Immunology



Cutting edge microscopy
Computational analysis in Immunology Proteomics and MALDI Imaging