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

Cover on the Journal of Immunology


Local Proliferation of macrophages.

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Regulation of innate immune responses

Innate immune cells, such as monocytes, macrophages and neutrophils play important roles in host defense against invading microorganisms. The tremendous migratory and functional capabilities of these innate leukocytes 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, the function and the cellular crosstalk between these innate immune cells to develop novel and selective targeting strategies.

Crosstalk of macrophages and neutrophils 

Neutrophils are continuously generated within the bone marrow by myeloid precursors and their half-life is limited to a few hours. These cells migrate into infected tissue to contribute to the inflammatory process. However, the mechanisms that regulate interstitial migration of neutrophils within inflamed organs are incompletely understood. We focus on the role of tissue macrophages, which form a dense network of sentinel cells within tissues.  




Resident and inflammatory macrophages
Regulation of homeostasis
Induction of immunity


Neutrophil migration

Recruitment from the circulation
Interstitial migration
Crossing of barriers



Cutting edge microscopy
Flow cytometry and cell sorting
"Omic" approaches and epigenetics