Researchers at UCD


Guenther Eissner

Full Professor of Translational Systems Biology

Systems Biology Ireland
Systems Biology Ireland Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166325


2008-2013 Munich University Medical Ctr, Munich, Germany - Professor of Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research


2004-2007 Gentium, Sp.A., Villa Guardi (CO), Italy - S.V.P. and Head of Biological Research


1998-2004 Regensburg University Medical Ctr, Regensburg, Germany - Head of the Lab for Experimental Stem Cell Transplantation


1992-1998 Helmholtz Ctr Munich, Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology - Posdoctoral Fellow


Günther Eissner graduated from the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany with a PhD in Human Biology. After his PhD thesis in the Dept. of Immunology at the University of Munich, he was a postdoc at the Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology, Helmholtz Centre Munich, where he advanced to become a group leader working on endothelial cell biology and inflammation in the course allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT).

In 2000, he moved to the University of Regensburg to head the Lab for Experimental Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation.  He served as Senior Vice President and Head of Biological Research of the Italian pharmaceutical company Gentium, Sp.A, Villa Guardia (CO), Italy, 2004-2007. His work on the prophylactic use of the company's lead product Defibrotide contributed to clinical studies as well as the EMA approval and market authorisation for the prevention and treatment of veno-occlusive disease following SCT.

In 2007 he was appointed to the Chair for Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research at the University of Munich. His major research focus is on endothelial and mesenchymal stem cells in transplant medicine and oncology, i.e. the monitoring and preventing endothelial-specific adverse immunological reactions in transplant settings and the development of new tumour-specific anti-angiogenic strategies in cancer. He has given more than 50 invited lectures, and has authored /co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.


UCD Medicine Research Individual Investigator


Honours and Awards

Year: 2000.
Title: Heisenberg Fellowship
Year: 2002.
Title: Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grant
Year: 2007.
Title: The Viking Price 2007 Publication Award


Association: International Placenta Stem Cell Society (IPLASS), German Society of Immunology, Function/Role: Member


Patent PCT/EP2006/030306 : Defibrotide and/or oligodeoxyribonucleotides for treating angiogenesis-dependent tumors
Patent WO2014131877 A1 : Protection of the vascular endothelium from immunologically mediated cytotoxic reactions with human cd34-negative progenitor cells


Employer: Munich University Medical Ctr, Munich, Germany
Position: Professor of Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research
Employer: Gentium, Sp.A., Villa Guardi (CO), Italy
Position: S.V.P. and Head of Biological Research
Employer: Regensburg University Medical Ctr, Regensburg, Germany
Position: Head of the Lab for Experimental Stem Cell Transplantation
Employer: Helmholtz Ctr Munich, Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology
Position: Posdoctoral Fellow


Year 2003 Institution:
Qualification: Other Subject: Consultant Immunologist DGFI (German Soc. Immunology)
Year 1989 Institution:
Qualification: MSc Subject: University of Marburg, practial work: MPI Biochemistry, Martinsried
Year 1999 Institution:
Qualification: Other Subject:
Year 1992 Institution:
Qualification: PhD Subject: Univ. of Marburg; practical work: Univ.of Munich (Dept Immunology)

Journals Edited

International Journal Of Molecular And Cellular Medicine: Co-Editor.
Free Radical Research: Reviewer.
Journal Of Immunology: Reviewer.
European Cytokine Network: Reviewer.
Leukemia: Reviewer.
International Journal Of Cancer: Reviewer.
Copd: Journal Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Reviewer.
Clinical Chemistry And Laboratory Medicine : Cclm / Fescc: Reviewer.
American Journal Of Physiology - Cell Physiology: Reviewer.
Annals Of Hematology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Leukocyte Biology: Reviewer.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, And Vascular Biology: Reviewer.
Atherosclerosis: Reviewer.
European Journal Of Cell Biology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Tissue Engineering And Regenerative Medicine: Reviewer.
Blood: Reviewer.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Herrmann FE, Lehner A;Hollweck T;Haas U;Fano C;Fehrenbach D;Kozlik-Feldmann R;Wintermantel E;Eissner G;Hagl C;Akra B (2014) 'In vitro biological and mechanical evaluation of various scaffold materials for myocardial tissue engineering'. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, 102 (4):958-966. [DOI] [Details]
Hollweck T, Hagl C;Eissner G (2012) 'Mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord tissue as potential therapeutics for cardiomyodegenerative diseases - a review'. International journal of molecular and cellular medicine, 1 (3):119-132. [Details]
Eissner G, Hartmann I, Kesikli A, Holler E, Haffner S, Sax T, Schray C, Meiser B, reichart B (2011) 'CD4+CD25=FoxP3= regulatory T cells enhance the allogeneic activity of endothelial-specific CD8+/CD28- CTL'. International Immunology, 23 (8):485-92. [Details]
Hollweck T, Akra B;H¿¿ussler S;Uberfuhr P;Schmitz C;Pfeifer S;Eblenkamp M;Wintermantel E;Eissner G (2011) 'A novel pulsatile bioreactor for mechanical stimulation of tissue engineered cardiac constructs'. Journal of functional biomaterials, 2 (3):107-118. [DOI] [Details]
Hartmann I, Hollweck T, Haffner S, Krebs M, Meiser B, Reichart B, Eissner G (2010) 'Umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells grow best under GMP-compliant culture conditions and maintain their phenotypic and functional properties'. Journal of Immunological Methods, 363 (1):80-89. [Details]
Hollweck T, Marschmann M;Hartmann I;Akra B;Meiser B;Reichart B;Eblenkamp M;Wintermantel E;Eissner G (2010) 'Comparative analysis of adherence, viability, proliferation and morphology of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells seeded on different titanium-coated expanded polytetrafluoroethylene scaffolds'. Biomedical materials (Bristol, England), 5 (6). [DOI] [Details]
Riederer I, Sievert W;Eissner G;Molls M;Multhoff G (2010) 'Irradiation-induced up-regulation of HLA-E on macrovascular endothelial cells confers protection against killing by activated natural killer cells'. PLoS ONE, 5 (12). [DOI] [Details]
Palomo M, Diaz-Ricart M;Carbo C;Rovira M;Fernandez-Aviles F;Escolar G;Eissner G;Holler E;Carreras E (2009) 'The release of soluble factors contributing to endothelial activation and damage after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is not limited to the allogeneic setting and involves several pathogenic mechanisms'. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 15 (5):537-546. [DOI] [Details]
Gerbitz A, Hillemanns P, Schmid C, Wilke A, Jayaraman R, Kolb HJ, Eissner G, Holler E; (2008) 'Influence of polymorphism within the heme oxygenase-I promoter on overall survival and transplantation-related mortality after allogeneic stem cell transplantation'. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 14 (10):1180-1189. [DOI] [Details]
Kraetzel K, Stoelcker B;Eissner G;Multhoff G;Pfeifer M;Holler E;Schulz C (2008) 'NKG2D-dependent effector function of bronchial epithelium-activated alloreactive T-cells'. The European respiratory journal, 32 (3):563-570. [DOI] [Details]
Holler E, Rogler G;Brenmoehl J;Hahn J;Greinix H;Dickinson AM;Socie G;Wolff D;Finke J;Fischer G;Jackson G;Rocha V;Hilgendorf I;Eissner G;Marienhagen J;Andreesen R (2008) 'The role of genetic variants of NOD2/CARD15, a receptor of the innate immune system, in GvHD and complications following related and unrelated donor haematopoietic stem cell transplantation'. International Journal of Immunogenetics, 35 (4-5):381-384. [DOI] [Details]
Koehl GE, Geissler EK, Iacobelli M, Frei C< Burger V, Haffner S, Holler E, Andreesen R, Schlitt HJ, Eissner G (2007) 'Defibrotide, an endothelium protecting and stabilizing drug, has an anti-angiogenic potential in vitro and in vivo'. Cancer Biology & Therapy, 6 (5):686-690. [Details]
Rothhammer T, Bataille F;Spruss T;Eissner G;Bosserhoff AK (2007) 'Functional implication of BMP4 expression on angiogenesis in malignant melanoma'. Oncogene, 26 (28):4158-4170. [DOI] [Details]
Gottfried E, Kreutz M;Haffner S;Holler E;Iacobelli M;Andreesen R;Eissner G (2007) 'Differentiation of human tumour-associated dendritic cells into endothelial-like cells: an alternative pathway of tumour angiogenesis'. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, 65 (4):329-335. [DOI] [Details]
Schmid FX, Floerchinger B;Vudattu NK;Eissner G;Haubitz M;Holler E;Andreesen R;Birnbaum DE (2006) 'Direct evidence of endothelial injury during cardiopulmonary bypass by demonstration of circulating endothelial cells'. Perfusion, 21 (3):133-137. [Details]
Holler E, Rogler G;Brenmoehl J;Hahn J;Herfarth H;Greinix H;Dickinson AM;Soci¿¿ G;Wolff D;Fischer G;Jackson G;Rocha V;Steiner B;Eissner G;Marienhagen J;Schoelmerich J;Andreesen R (2006) 'Prognostic significance of NOD2/CARD15 variants in HLA-identical sibling hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: effect on long-term outcome is confirmed in 2 independent cohorts and may be modulated by the type of gastrointestinal decontamination'. Blood, 107 (10):4189-4193. [DOI] [Details]
Schmid FX, Vudattu N;Floerchinger B;Hilker M;Eissner G;Hoenicka M;Holler E;Birnbaum DE (2006) 'Endothelial apoptosis and circulating endothelial cells after bypass grafting with and without cardiopulmonary bypass'. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, 29 (4):496-500. [DOI] [Details]
Shafqat N, Shafqat J;Eissner G;Marschall HU;Tryggvason K;Eriksson U;Gabrielli F;Lardy H;J¿¿rnvall H;Oppermann U (2006) 'Hep27, a member of the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase family, is an NADPH-dependent dicarbonyl reductase expressed in vascular endothelial tissue'. Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS, 63 (10):1205-1213. [DOI] [Details]
Ewing P, Wilke A;Eissner G;Holler E;Andreesen R;Gerbitz A (2005) 'Expression of heme oxygenase-1 protects endothelial cells from irradiation-induced apoptosis'. Endothelium: Journal of Endothelial Cell Research, 12 (3):113-119. [DOI] [Details]
Gerbitz A, Ewing P;Olkiewicz K;Willmarth NE;Williams D;Hildebrandt G;Wilke A;Liu C;Eissner G;Andreesen R;Holler E;Guo R;Ward PA;Cooke KR (2005) 'A role for CD54 (intercellular adhesion molecule-1) in leukocyte recruitment to the lung during the development of experimental idiopathic pneumonia syndrome'. Transplantation, 79 (5):536-542. [Details]
Eissner G, Iacobelli M;Bl¿¿ml S;Burger V;Haffner S;Andreesen R;Holler E (2005) 'Oligotide, a defibrotide derivative, protects human microvascular endothelial cells against fludarabine-induced activation, damage and allogenicity'. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 35 (9):915-920. [DOI] [Details]
Konur A, Schulz U;Eissner G;Andreesen R;Holler E (2005) 'Interferon (IFN)-gamma is a main mediator of keratinocyte (HaCaT) apoptosis and contributes to autocrine IFN-gamma and tumour necrosis factor-alpha production'. The British journal of dermatology, 152 (6):1134-1142. [DOI] [Details]
Vudattu NK, Holler E;Ewing P;Schulz U;Haffner S;Burger V;Kirchner S;Andreesen R;Eissner G (2005) 'Reverse signalling of membrane-integrated tumour necrosis factor differentially regulates alloresponses of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells against human microvascular endothelial cells'. Immunology, 115 (4):536-543. [DOI] [Details]
Gerbitz A, Ewing P, Wilke A, Schubert T, Eissner G, Dietl B, Andreesen R, Cooke KR, Holler E; (2004) 'Induction of heme oxygenase-1 before conditioning results in improved survival and reduced graft-versus-host disease after experimental allogeneic bone marrow transplantation'. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 10 (7):461-472. [DOI] [Details]
Kirchner S, Holler E;Haffner S;Andreesen R;Eissner G (2004) 'Effect of different tumor necrosis factor (TNF) reactive agents on reverse signaling of membrane integrated TNF in monocytes'. Cytokine, 28 (2):67-74. [DOI] [Details]
Kirchner S, Boldt S;Kolch W;Haffner S;Kazak S;Janosch P;Holler E;Andreesen R;Eissner G (2004) 'LPS resistance in monocytic cells caused by reverse signaling through transmembrane TNF (mTNF) is mediated by the MAPK/ERK pathway'. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 75 (2):324-331. [DOI] [Details]
Holler E, Rogler G;Herfarth H;Brenmoehl J;Wild PJ;Hahn J;Eissner G;Sch¿¿lmerich J;Andreesen R (2004) 'Both donor and recipient NOD2/CARD15 mutations associate with transplant-related mortality and GvHD following allogeneic stem cell transplantation'. Blood, 104 (3):889-894. [DOI] [Details]
Eissner G, Kolch W, Scheurich P (2004) 'Ligands working as receptors: reverse signaling by members of the TNF superfamily enhance the plasticity of the immune system'. Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews, 15 (5):353-66. [Details]
Ewing P, Wilke A;Brockhoff G;Andreesen R;Eissner G;Holler E;Gerbitz A (2003) 'Isolation and transplantation of allogeneic pulmonary endothelium derived from GFP transgenic mice'. Journal of Immunological Methods, 283 (1-2):307-315. [Details]
Eissner G, Multhoff G, Gerbitz A, Kirchner S, Bauer S, Haffner S, Sondermann D, Andreesen R, Holler E (2002) 'Fludarabine induces apoptosis, activation, and allogenicity in human endothelial cells: protective effect of defibrotide'. Blood, 100 (1):334-340. [Details]
Jarvis M, Schulz U;Dickinson AM;Sviland L;Jackson G;Konur A;Wang XN;Hromadnikova I;Kolb HJ;Eissner G;Holler E (2002) 'The detection of apoptosis in a human in vitro skin explant assay for graft versus host reactions'. Journal of Clinical Pathology - Clinical Molecular Pathology, 55 (2):127-132. [Details]
Schulz C, Farkas L;Wolf K;Kratzel K;Eissner G;Pfeifer M (2002) 'Differences in LPS-induced activation of bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B) and type II-like pneumocytes (A-549)'. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, 56 (3):294-302. [Details]
Wang XN, Lange C;Schulz U;Sviland L;Eissner G;Oliver KM;Jackson GH;Holler E;Dickinson AM (2002) 'Interleukin-10 modulation of alloreactivity and graft-versus-host reactions'. Transplantation, 74 (6):772-778. [DOI] [Details]
Sviland L, Hromadnikova I;Sedlacek P;Cermakova M;Stechova K;Holler E;Eissner G;Schulz U;Kolb HJ;Jackson G;Wang XN;Dickinson AM (2001) 'Histological correlation between different centers using the skin explant model to predict graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation'. Human Immunology, 62 (11):1277-1281. [Details]
Pajic A, Staege MS;Dudziak D;Schuhmacher M;Spitkovsky D;Eissner G;Brielmeier M;Polack A;Bornkamm GW (2001) 'Antagonistic effects of c-myc and Epstein-Barr virus latent genes on the phenotype of human B cells'. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer, 93 (6):810-816. [Details]
Eissner, G., Kirchner, S., Lindner, H., Kolch, W., Janosch, P., Grell, M., Scheurich, P., Andreesen, R., Holler, E. (2000) 'Reverse signaling through transmembrane TNF confers resistance to lipopolysaccharide in human monocytes and macrophages'. J.Immunol, 164 (12):6193-6198. [Details]
Holler E, Roncarolo MG;Hintermeier-Knabe R;Eissner G;Ertl B;Schulz U;Knabe H;Kolb HJ;Andreesen R;Wilmanns W (2000) 'Prognostic significance of increased IL-10 production in patients prior to allogeneic bone marrow transplantation'. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 25 (3):237-241. [DOI] [Details]
Eissner G, Lindner H;Konur A;Kreutz M;Andreesen R;Holler E (2000) 'Naive monocytes can trigger transendothelial migration of peripheral blood cells through the induction of endothelial tumour necrosis factor-alpha'. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, 51 (3):251-261. [Details]
Huss R, Gatsios P;Graeve L;Lange C;Eissner G;Kolb HJ;Thalmeier K;Heinrich PC (2000) 'Quiescence of CD34-negative haematopoietic stem cells is mediated by downregulation of Cyclin B and no stat activation'. Cytokine, 12 (8):1195-1204. [DOI] [Details]
Aebert H, Kirchner S;Keyser A;Birnbaum DE;Holler E;Andreesen R;Eissner G (2000) 'Endothelial apoptosis is induced by serum of patients after cardiopulmonary bypass'. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, 18 (5):589-593. [Details]
Huss R, Weissinger EM;Lange C;Gatsios P;Eissner G;Kolb HJ;Diebold J;Heinrich PC;Graeve L (2000) 'In vitro-generated stem cell leukaemia showing altered cell cycle progression with distinct signalling of the tyrosine-phosphorylated rasGAP-associated p62(dok) protein'. The Journal of pathology, 192 (3):363-372. [DOI] [Details]
Multhoff G, Mizzen L;Winchester CC;Milner CM;Wenk S;Eissner G;Kampinga HH;Laumbacher B;Johnson J (1999) 'Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) stimulates proliferation and cytolytic activity of natural killer cells'. Experimental Hematology, 27 (11):1627-1636. [Details]
Botzler C, Ellwart J;G¿¿nther W;Eissner G;Multhoff G (1999) 'Synergistic effects of heat and ET-18-OCH3 on membrane expression of hsp70 and lysis of leukemic K562 cells'. Experimental Hematology, 27 (3):470-478. [Details]
Oppermann U, Salim S;Hult M;Eissner G;J¿¿rnvall H (1999) 'Regulatory factors and motifs in SDR enzymes'. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 463 :365-371. [Details]
Holler E, Kolb HJ;Eissner G;Wilmanns W (1998) 'Cytokines in GvH and GvL'. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 22 Suppl 4 :1-6. [Details]
Lindner H, Behrends U;Misumi Y;Kremmer E;Eissner G;Schultz-Hector S (1998) 'Loss of myocardial capillary endothelial-cell alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in primary endothelial cell culture'. Cell and Tissue Research, 291 (3):497-505. [Details]
Weissinger, E. M., Eissner, G., Grammer, C., Fackler, S., Haefner, B., Yoon, L. S., Lu, K. S., Bazarov, A., Sedivy, J. M., Mischak, H., Kolch, W. (1997) 'Inhibition of the Raf-1 kinase by cyclic AMP agonists causes apoptosis of v-abl-transformed cells'. Mol.Cell Biol, 17 (6):3229-3241. [Details]
Lindner H, Holler E;Ertl B;Multhoff G;Schreglmann M;Klauke I;Schultz-Hector S;Eissner G (1997) 'Peripheral blood mononuclear cells induce programmed cell death in human endothelial cells and may prevent repair: role of cytokines'. Blood, 89 (6):1931-1938. [Details]
Holler E, Ertl B;Hintermeier-Knabe R;Roncarolo MG;Eissner G;Mayer F;Fraunberger P;Behrends U;Pfannes W;Kolb HJ;Wilmanns W (1997) 'Inflammatory reactions induced by pretransplant conditioning--an alternative target for modulation of acute GvHD and complications following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation?'. Leukemia & lymphoma, 25 (3-4):217-224. [DOI] [Details]
Eissner G, Lindner H;Reisbach G;Klauke I;Holler E (1997) 'Differential modulation of IL-1-induced endothelial adhesion molecules and transendothelial migration of granulocytes by G-CSF'. British Journal of Haematology, 97 (4):726-733. [Details]
Fichter M, Hinrichs R;Eissner G;Scheffer B;Classen S;Ueffing M (1997) 'Expression of CD44 isoforms in neuroblastoma cells is regulated by PI 3-kinase and protein kinase C'. Oncogene, 14 (23):2817-2824. [DOI] [Details]
Zeidler R, Eissner G;Meissner P;Uebel S;Tamp¿¿ R;Lazis S;Hammerschmidt W (1997) 'Downregulation of TAP1 in B lymphocytes by cellular and Epstein-Barr virus-encoded interleukin-10'. Blood, 90 (6):2390-2397. [Details]
Lindner H, Holler E;Gerbitz A;Johnson JP;Bornkamm GW;Eissner G (1997) 'Influence of bacterial endotoxin on radiation-induced activation of human endothelial cells in vitro and in vivo: interleukin-10 protects against transendothelial migration'. Transplantation, 64 (9):1370-1373. [Details]
Eissner, G., Lindner, H., Behrends, U., Kolch, W., Hieke, A., Klauke, I., Bornkamm, G. W., Holler, E. (1996) 'Influence of bacterial endotoxin on radiation-induced activation of human endothelial cells in vitro and in vivo: protective role of IL-10'. Transplantation, 62 (6):819-827. [Details]
Kempkes B, Zimber-Strobl U;Eissner G;Pawlita M;Falk M;Hammerschmidt W;Bornkamm GW (1996) 'Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen 2 (EBNA2)-oestrogen receptor fusion proteins complement the EBNA2-deficient Epstein-Barr virus strain P3HR1 in transformation of primary B cells but suppress growth of human B cell lymphoma lines'. The Journal of general virology, 77 ( Pt 2 ) :227-237. [DOI] [Details]
Funk JO, Holler E;Kohlhuber F;Ueffing M;Bornkamm GW;Kind P;Eissner G (1996) 'Protein kinase C activation is involved in ultraviolet B irradiation-induced endothelial cell ICAM-1 up-regulation and lymphocyte-endothelium interaction in vitro'. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, 44 (4):354-360. [Details]
Zeidler R, Meissner P;Eissner G;Lazis S;Hammerschmidt W (1996) 'Rapid proliferation of B cells from adenoids in response to Epstein-Barr virus infection'. Cancer Research, 56 (24):5610-5614. [Details]
Eissner G, Kohlhuber F, Grell M, Ueffing M, Scheurich P, Hieke A, Multhoff G, Bornkamm GW, Holler E (1995) 'Critical involvement of transmembrane tumor necrosis factor-alpha in endothelial programmed cell death mediated by ionizing radiation and bacterial endotoxin'. Blood, 86 (11):4184-4193. [Details]
Multhoff G, Botzler C;Wiesnet M;Eissner G;Issels R (1995) 'CD3- large granular lymphocytes recognize a heat-inducible immunogenic determinant associated with the 72-kD heat shock protein on human sarcoma cells'. Blood, 86 (4):1374-1382. [Details]
Kempkes B, Pawlita M;Zimber-Strobl U;Eissner G;Laux G;Bornkamm GW (1995) 'Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen 2-estrogen receptor fusion proteins transactivate viral and cellular genes and interact with RBP-J kappa in a conditional fashion'. Virology, 214 (2):675-679. [DOI] [Details]
Eissner, G.Eissner, G.,Kolch, W.Kolch, W.,Mischak, H.Mischak, H.,Bornkamm, G. W.Bornkamm, G. W.,Holler, E.Holler, E.; (1994) 'Differential role of protein kinase C in cytokine induced lymphocyte-endothelium interaction in vitro'. Scand.J.Immunol, 40 (44):395-402395. [Details]
Behrends U, Peter RU;Hintermeier-Knabe R;Eissner G;Holler E;Bornkamm GW;Caughman SW;Degitz K (1994) 'Ionizing radiation induces human intercellular adhesion molecule-1 in vitro'. The Journal of investigative dermatology, 103 (5):726-730. [Details]


Research Interests

Endothelial and mesenchymal stem cells in Transplant Medicine

The vascular endothelium is the primary target of transplant-related complications and responsible for the loss of organ function. This central role of endothelial damage makes it an ideal target for early diagnosis and later on for therapeutic intervention. This is the aim of this research, including (i) an in vitro monitoring of endothelial-specific immune reactions on an individual patient basis using patient-specific endothelial-like cells; and (ii) paving the way to a risk-adapted individualized cellular therapy with immunomodulatory mesenchymal stem cells and with specific drugs for the protection of the endothelium by the help of 3D in vitro disease models. Research also includes mechanistic and signal transduction studies leading to a better understanding of disease mechanisms and how to best apply personalized medicine.

Tumor angiogenesis

Defibrotide, an endothelial protective drug based on a polydisperse mixture of single-stranded deoxyribonuleotides, has turned out to inhibit tumor angiogenesis in in vitro and in vivo models. Most likely it works through the inhibition of endothelial cell migration that is a prerequisite for blood vessel formation and sprouting. One major goal of this research project is to unravel the signal transduction mechanisms of Defibrotide and its yet to be identified receptor(s) in order to optimize anti-tumor angiogenic strategies. Another important aspect will be to identify differences between normal and tumor-associated endothelial cells to assess their individual susceptibility to certain anti-cancer drugs.

Inflammatory signal transduction

Pro-inflammatory mediators, such as members of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily, contribute to the pleiotropy of immunologic cell-cell interactions by e.g. by reverse signaling of the membrane-bound forms of these cytokines. Understanding the signal transduction mechanisms underlying these complex effector functions will be key to the design of anti-inflammatory therapies.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Systems analysis of tumour versus normal endothelium in their radiation response, impact of inflammation and immunological activation (SYSENDORAD)
Start Date / End Date : 05-AUG-14 / 04-MAY-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Cell Line Bank
Start Date / End Date : 16-FEB-15 / 15-FEB-16


Internal Collaborators

Dr. Elizabeth Ryan, SVUH
Dr. Glen Doherty, SVUH
Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, NMH
Prof. Owen Smith, NCRC OLCHC

External Collaborators

Dr. Michael Simons, New Haven, USA
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Multhoff, Munich, Germany
Dr. Ornella Parolini, Brescia, Italy
Dr. Nuala Mooney, Paris, France