Our research group analyses the cross talk of coagulation and inflammation.
We have previously demonstrated that Factor XII (FXII) is essential for thrombus formation while being dispensable for hemostatic processes that terminate blood loss. Challenging the dogma of a coagulation balance, targeting factor XII protected from cerebral ischemia without interfering with hemostasis. In contrast, excess FXII activity is associated with a life threatening inflammatory disorder, hereditary angioedema.
We recently have identified platelet polyphosphate (an inorganic polymer) and mast cell heparin as in vivo FXII activators with implications on the initiation of thrombosis and edema. Our current investigations will explore roles of the FXII-driven contact system at the intersection of procoagulant and proinflammatory pathways using genetically altered murine models. We aim to understand activation, regulation and functions of the system for ischemic heart disease, vascular leakage in Hereditary angioedema, allergic airway inflammation as well as procoagulant reactions driven by bacterial infections in skin and lung.
A key aspect of our research is the analysis of common principles, interactions and cross-talk between coagulation and inflammation, to identify novel therapeutic targets. Elucidating the FXII-driven contact system offers the exciting opportunity to develop strategies for safe interference with both thrombotic and inflammatory diseases.
- Facharzt für Laboratoriumsmedizin