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profileDavid Lagares, Ph.D.

TitleInstructor in Medicine
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Pulmonary, 8-127
149 13th Street
Charlestown MA 02129
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David Lagares, PhD
Director of the Matrix and Mechanobiology Program, Fibrosis Research Center,
Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School

Lagares Laboratory: Tissue Repair, Regeneration and Fibrosis

The ability of organs to regenerate following injury declines with age. In older aged individuals, chronic tissue injury leads to abnormal wound healing responses characterized by the development of scar tissue or fibrosis and subsequent organ failure. The identification of novel therapeutic strategies aiming at reducing tissue fibrosis and promoting the regeneration of damaged tissues is a major unmet clinical need in regenerative medicine.

The goal of the Lagares Laboratory is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the delicate balance between organ regeneration and fibrosis following tissue injury, with an emphasis on the biochemical and biomechanical drivers of scar-forming myofibroblast activation. Ultimately, we seek to develop novel anti-fibrotic therapies for the treatment of human diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, systemic sclerosis, liver cirrhosis, progressive kidney disease and desmoplastic tumors.


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  1. Lagares D, Ghassemi-Kakroodi P, Tremblay C, Santos A, Probst CK, Franklin A, Santos DM, Grasberger P, Ahluwalia N, Montesi SB, Shea BS, Black KE, Knipe R, Blati M, Baron M, Wu B, Fahmi H, Gandhi R, Pardo A, Selman M, Wu J, Pelletier JP, Martel-Pelletier J, Tager AM, Kapoor M. ADAM10-mediated ephrin-B2 shedding promotes myofibroblast activation and organ fibrosis. Nat Med. 2017 Oct 23. PMID: 29058717.
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  2. Sakai N, Chun J, Duffield JS, Lagares D, Wada T, Luster AD, Tager AM. Lysophosphatidic acid signaling through its receptor initiates profibrotic epithelial cell fibroblast communication mediated by epithelial cell derived connective tissue growth factor. Kidney Int. 2017 Mar; 91(3):628-641. PMID: 27927603.
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  3. Funke M, Knudsen L, Lagares D, Ebener S, Probst CK, Fontaine BA, Franklin A, Kellner M, Kühnel M, Matthieu S, Grothausmann R, Chun J, Roberts JD, Ochs M, Tager AM. Lysophosphatidic Acid Signaling through the Lysophosphatidic Acid-1 Receptor Is Required for Alveolarization. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 Jul; 55(1):105-16. PMID: 27082727; PMCID: PMC4942205 [Available on 07/01/17].
  4. Ahluwalia N, Grasberger PE, Mugo BM, Feghali-Bostwick C, Pardo A, Selman M, Lagares D, Tager AM. Fibrogenic Lung Injury Induces Non-Cell-Autonomous Fibroblast Invasion. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 Jun; 54(6):831-42. PMID: 26600305; PMCID: PMC4942213 [Available on 06/01/17].
  5. Black KE, Berdyshev E, Bain G, Castelino FV, Shea BS, Probst CK, Fontaine BA, Bronova I, Goulet L, Lagares D, Ahluwalia N, Knipe RS, Natarajan V, Tager AM. Autotaxin activity increases locally following lung injury, but is not required for pulmonary lysophosphatidic acid production or fibrosis. FASEB J. 2016 06; 30(6):2435-50. PMID: 27006447; PMCID: PMC4871797 [Available on 06/01/17].
  6. Vasheghani F, Zhang Y, Li YH, Blati M, Fahmi H, Lussier B, Roughley P, Lagares D, Endisha H, Saffar B, Lajeunesse D, Marshall WK, Rampersaud YR, Mahomed NN, Gandhi R, Pelletier JP, Martel-Pelletier J, Kapoor M. PPAR? deficiency results in severe, accelerated osteoarthritis associated with aberrant mTOR signalling in the articular cartilage. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Mar; 74(3):569-78. PMID: 25573665; PMCID: PMC4345902.
  7. Liu F, Lagares D, Choi KM, Stopfer L, Marinkovic A, Vrbanac V, Probst CK, Hiemer SE, Sisson TH, Horowitz JC, Rosas IO, Fredenburgh LE, Feghali-Bostwick C, Varelas X, Tager AM, Tschumperlin DJ. Mechanosignaling through YAP and TAZ drives fibroblast activation and fibrosis. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2015 Feb 15; 308(4):L344-57. PMID: 25502501; PMCID: PMC4329470.
  8. Busnadiego O, Loureiro-Álvarez J, Sandoval P, Lagares D, Dotor J, Pérez-Lozano ML, López-Armada MJ, Lamas S, López-Cabrera M, Rodríguez-Pascual F. A pathogenetic role for endothelin-1 in peritoneal dialysis-associated fibrosis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Jan; 26(1):173-82. PMID: 25012164; PMCID: PMC4279729.
  9. Ho YY, Lagares D, Tager AM, Kapoor M. Fibrosis--a lethal component of systemic sclerosis. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2014 Jul; 10(7):390-402. PMID: 24752182.
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  10. Zhang Y, Vasheghani F, Li YH, Blati M, Simeone K, Fahmi H, Lussier B, Roughley P, Lagares D, Pelletier JP, Martel-Pelletier J, Kapoor M. Cartilage-specific deletion of mTOR upregulates autophagy and protects mice from osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Jul; 74(7):1432-40. PMID: 24651621.
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  11. Busnadiego O, González-Santamaría J, Lagares D, Guinea-Viniegra J, Pichol-Thievend C, Muller L, Rodríguez-Pascual F. LOXL4 is induced by transforming growth factor ß1 through Smad and JunB/Fra2 and contributes to vascular matrix remodeling. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Jun; 33(12):2388-401. PMID: 23572561; PMCID: PMC3700097.
  12. Lagares D, Kapoor M. Targeting focal adhesion kinase in fibrotic diseases. BioDrugs. 2013 Feb; 27(1):15-23. PMID: 23329396.
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  13. Lagares D, Busnadiego O, García-Fernández RA, Lamas S, Rodríguez-Pascual F. Adenoviral gene transfer of endothelin-1 in the lung induces pulmonary fibrosis through the activation of focal adhesion kinase. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2012 Dec; 47(6):834-42. PMID: 22962065.
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  14. Lagares D, Busnadiego O, García-Fernández RA, Kapoor M, Liu S, Carter DE, Abraham D, Shi-Wen X, Carreira P, Fontaine BA, Shea BS, Tager AM, Leask A, Lamas S, Rodríguez-Pascual F. Inhibition of focal adhesion kinase prevents experimental lung fibrosis and myofibroblast formation. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 May; 64(5):1653-64. PMID: 22492165; PMCID: PMC3338902.
  15. Rodríguez-Pascual F, Busnadiego O, Lagares D, Lamas S. Role of endothelin in the cardiovascular system. Pharmacol Res. 2011 Jun; 63(6):463-72. PMID: 21296157.
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  16. Lagares D, García-Fernández RA, Jiménez CL, Magán-Marchal N, Busnadiego O, Lamas S, Rodríguez-Pascual F. Endothelin 1 contributes to the effect of transforming growth factor beta1 on wound repair and skin fibrosis. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Mar; 62(3):878-89. PMID: 20131241.
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  17. Rodríguez-Pascual F, Redondo-Horcajo M, Magán-Marchal N, Lagares D, Martínez-Ruiz A, Kleinert H, Lamas S. Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase regulates endothelin-1 expression by a novel, redox-sensitive mechanism involving mRNA stability. Mol Cell Biol. 2008 Dec; 28(23):7139-55. PMID: 18809573; PMCID: PMC2593384.
  18. Ramírez de Molina A, Gallego-Ortega D, Sarmentero-Estrada J, Lagares D, Gómez Del Pulgar T, Bandrés E, García-Foncillas J, Lacal JC. Choline kinase as a link connecting phospholipid metabolism and cell cycle regulation: implications in cancer therapy. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2008; 40(9):1753-63. PMID: 18296102.
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