Area II - Project 9 - Philipp Lang

Principal Investigator:

Prof. Dr. med. Philipp Lang
Department of Molecular Medicine II
University Hospital Düsseldorf
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 211 81 13580

Interaction between NK cells and CD8+ T cell immunity

Our laboratory focuses on innate and adaptive immune functions during viral infection and cancer. Specifically, we identify mechanisms which limit anti-viral T cell immunity. In the project we opt to characterize the interplay between NK cells and antigen specific T cells, a mechanism, which have been shown to cause chronic viral infection. 


Lang PA, Lang KS, Xu HC, Grusdat M, Parish IA, Recher M, Elford AR, Dhanji S, Shaabani N, Tran CW, Dissanayake D, Rahbar R, Ghazarian M, Brustle A, Fine J, Chen P, Weaver CT, Klose C, Diefenbach A, Haussinger D, Carlyle JR, Kaech SM, Mak TW, Ohashi PS. Natural killer cell activation enhances immune pathology and promotes chronic infection by limiting CD8+ T-cell immunity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2012;109:1210-5.

Honke N, Shaabani N, Cadeddu G, Sorg UR, Zhang DE, Trilling M, Klingel K, Sauter M, Kandolf R, Gailus N, van Rooijen N, Burkart C, Baldus SE, Grusdat M, Lohning M, Hengel H, Pfeffer K, Tanaka M, Haussinger D, Recher M, Lang PA, Lang KS. Enforced viral replication activates adaptive immunity and is essential for the control of a cytopathic virus. Nat Immunol 2011;13:51-7.

Pellegrini M, Calzascia T, Toe JG, Preston SP, Lin AE, Elford AR, Shahinian A, Lang PA, Lang KS, Morre M, Assouline B, Lahl K, Sparwasser T, Tedder TF, Paik JH, DePinho RA, Basta S, Ohashi PS, Mak TW. IL-7 engages multiple mechanisms to overcome chronic viral infection and limit organ pathology. Cell 2011;144:601-13.

Lang PA, Recher M, Haussinger D, Lang KS. Genes determining the course of virus persistence in the liver: lessons from murine infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. Cell Physiol Biochem 2010a;26:263-72.

Lang PA, Recher M, Honke N, Scheu S, Borkens S, Gailus N, Krings C, Meryk A, Kulawik A, Cervantes-Barragan L, Van Rooijen N, Kalinke U, Ludewig B, Hengartner H, Harris N, Haussinger D, Ohashi PS, Zinkernagel RM, Lang KS. Tissue macrophages suppress viral replication and prevent severe immunopathology in an interferon-I-dependent manner in mice. Hepatology 2010b;52:25-32.

Lang PA, Cervantes-Barragan L, Verschoor A, Navarini AA, Recher M, Pellegrini M, Flatz L, Bergthaler A, Honda K, Ludewig B, Ohashi PS, Lang KS. Hematopoietic cell-derived interferon controls viral replication and virus-induced disease. Blood 2009;113:1045-52.

Lang PA, Contaldo C, Georgiev P, El-Badry AM, Recher M, Kurrer M, Cervantes-Barragan L, Ludewig B, Calzascia T, Bolinger B, Merkler D, Odermatt B, Bader M, Graf R, Clavien PA, Hegazy AN, Lohning M, Harris NL, Ohashi PS, Hengartner H, Zinkernagel RM, Lang KS. Aggravation of viral hepatitis by platelet-derived serotonin. Nat Med 2008;14:756-61.

Junt T, Moseman EA, Iannacone M, Massberg S, Lang PA, Boes M, Fink K, Henrickson SE, Shayakhmetov DM, Di Paolo NC, van Rooijen N, Mempel TR, Whelan SP, von Andrian UH. Subcapsular sinus macrophages in lymph nodes clear lymph-borne viruses and present them to antiviral B cells. Nature 2007;450:110-4.


Research Training Group 1949
Immune Response in
Infectious Diseases -
Regulation between Innate
and Adaptive Immunity

Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf

Deputy: Prof. Dr. Jörg Timm
Deputy: Prof. Dr. Mirko Trilling

Coordination: Dr. Eva van Well

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88