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Hanover experimental lung research project

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Project "XHaLe" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Carl-Neuberg-Strasse 1
postcode: 30625

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙989˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙989˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2023-05-31


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 Project objective

Non-neoplastic lung diseases (NNLD), such as COPD and interstitial lung diseases rank second among the causes of death and NNLD appear as a growing EU wide challenge. They are characterized by irreversible remodeling with a relentless loss of lung function and a 5-year survival of only 30%. This dysfunctional reaction to injury can be triggered by particulate matters with macrophages (MO) as the key regulators. Wholesale therapeutic suppression of the inflammome actually increases the risk of death, whereas targeted therapy of signalling cascades by novel pharmaceuticals, e.g. nintedanib, only slows disease progression. Thus lung transplantation remains the ultima ratio. However, available grafts are limited, treatment costs are high and the 5-year survival barely surpasses 50%. Therefore novel approaches to understand, prevent and ultimately cure NNLDs are urgently needed. Towards this goal my group focusses on both, the main effector cell in NNLD, the myofibroblast, and the inflammome and particularly MOs, as these orchestrate both, lung healing and remodeling. Modulating the pulmonary immune system, rather than subduing it, holds significant promise. To this end, we have to understand the very early events in NNLDs. There are 2 major obstacles for efficient research: i) the lack of adequate animal models and ii) the availability of human specimens. Therefore we established a unique platform for NNLD: we utilize fresh explanted human lungs from Europe’s largest LuTx program and set up a singular 24h/7d workflow, ensuring short ischemia and tissue viability. In the last years, we have worked up over 500 lungs, acted as an international multiplier for pulmonary research, patented new imaging techniques and described novel diseases. Our understanding MO biology in NNLDs showed us the great potential in macrophages. Now we are going to use these macrophages as potential therapeutics. Hereby we will make a difference in translational medicine in Europe and the world.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 F. Länger, H. Stark, P. Braubach, M. Ackermann, K. Hussein, K. Teiken, L. Maegel, M. Kuehnel, D. Jonigk
Schädigungsmuster interstitieller Lungenerkrankungen
published pages: 262-271, ISSN: 0172-8113, DOI: 10.1007/s00292-018-0503-1
Der Pathologe 39/S2 2020-02-05
2019 J. Wohlschlaeger, F. Laenger, J. Gottlieb, T. Hager, A. Seidel, D. Jonigk
published pages: 281-291, ISSN: 0172-8113, DOI: 10.1007/s00292-019-0598-z
Der Pathologe 40/3 2020-02-05
2019 Maximilian Ackermann, Helge Stark, Lavinia Neubert, Stephanie Schubert, Paul Borchert, Friedemann Linz, Willi L. Wagner, Wolfram Stiller, Mark Wielpütz, Anne Hoefer, Axel Haverich, Steven J. Mentzer, Harshit R. Shah, Tobias Welte, Mark Kuehnel, Danny Jonigk
Morphomolecular motifs of pulmonary neoangiogenesis in interstitial lung diseases
published pages: 1900933, ISSN: 0903-1936, DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00933-2019
European Respiratory Journal 2020-01-30
2019 Danny Jonigk, Helge Stark, Peter Braubach, Lavinia Neubert, Hoen‐oh Shin, Nicole Izykowski, Tobias Welte, Sabina Janciauskiene, Gregor Warnecke, Axel Haverich, Mark Kuehnel, Florian Laenger
Morphological and molecular motifs of fibrosing pulmonary injury patterns
published pages: 256-271, ISSN: 2056-4538, DOI: 10.1002/cjp2.141
The Journal of Pathology: Clinical Research 5/4 2020-01-30

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