Mechanism of Thrombosis


Our work investigates the role of platelets during the development of arterial thrombosis. We focus on the molecular mechanisms that regulate platelet-matrix interactions. Our group established different models of arterial thrombosis which allows us to carefully dissect the different stages of arterial thrombus formation. Further we use a translational research approach to study clinical relevant questions on anticoagulative and antiplatelet therapy regimes.


PI Tobias Petzold



Key Publications:


Oral thrombin inhibitor aggravates platelet adhesion and aggregation during arterial thrombosis.

Petzold T, Thienel M, Konrad I, Schubert I, Regenauer R, Hoppe B, Lorenz M, Eckart A, Chandraratne S, Lennerz C, Kolb C, Braun D, Jamasbi J, Brandl R, Braun S, Siess W, Schulz C, Massberg S.

Sci Transl Med. 2016 Nov 30;8(367):367ra168.

β1 integrin-mediated signals are required for platelet granule secretion and hemostasis in mouse.

Petzold T, Ruppert R, Pandey D, Barocke V, Meyer H, Lorenz M, Zhang L, Siess W, Massberg S, Moser M.

Blood. 2013 Oct 10;122(15):2723-31. doi: 10.1182/blood-2013-06-508721. Epub 2013 Sep 4.


MiR-223 is dispensable for platelet production and function in mice.

Leierseder S*, Petzold T*, Zhang L, Loyer X, Massberg S, Engelhardt S.

Thromb Haemost. 2013 Dec;110(6):1207-14. doi: 10.1160/TH13-07-0623. Epub 2013 Sep 26.


*contributed equally


Sphingosine kinase 2 (Sphk2) regulates platelet biogenesis by providing intracellular sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P).

Zhang L, Urtz N, Gaertner F, Legate KR, Petzold T, Lorenz M, Mazharian A, Watson SP, Massberg S.

Blood. 2013 Aug 1;122(5):791-802. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-12-473884. Epub 2013 Jun 17.