Kristiaan Wouters

Associate professor

Dr Kristiaan Wouters has studied Biomedical Sciences at Hasselt University (Belgium). In 2003, he started his PhD research at the Dept. of Molecular Genetics at Maastricht University on the role of macrophages and inflammation in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. After obtaining his PhD in 2008, he worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of Prof. Bart Staels at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France, on the role of macrophage polarisation in obesity, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Kristiaan has returned to Maastricht at the Dept. of Internal Medicine as tenure track researcher setting up his research group 'Translational Immunometabolism'. Since 2019, he has been appointed as Associate Professor.

The group focusses on the immunological events in adipose tissue during obesity and the impact of these events on cardiometabolic complications, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, with a specific focus on the interplay between metabolism and inflammation in innate immune cells.

Current projects focus on the role of reactive dicarbonyls formed during glycolysis on immune cell function in cardiometabolic diseases, and on multivariate analysis of flow cytometry data.

 

 

Department of Internal Medicine
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: H5.310
T: +31(0)43 388 42 33

  • 2020
    • Wouters, K., Kusters, Y. H. A. M., Bijnen, M., Wetzels, S., Zhang, X., Linssen, P. B. C., Gaens, K., Houben, A. J. H. M., Joris, P. J., Plat, J., Kooi, M. E., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Mensink, R. P., Verboven, K., Jocken, J., Hansen, D., Blaak, E. E., Ehlers, F. A. I., Wieten, L., ... Schalkwijk, C. G. (2020). NK cells in human visceral adipose tissue contribute to obesity-associated insulin resistance through low-grade inflammation. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 10(6), [192]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ctm2.192
    • Simons, N., Bijnen, M., Wouters, K. A. M., Rensen, S. S., Beulens, J. W. J., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., 't Hart, L. M., Greve, J. W. M., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Schaper, N. C., Schalkwijk, C. G., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2020). The endothelial function biomarker soluble E-selectin is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Liver International, 40(5), 1079-1088. https://doi.org/10.1111/liv.14384
    • Sari, G., Meester, E. J., van der Zee, L. C., Wouters, K., van Lennep, J. R., Peppelenbosch, M., Boonstra, A., Van der Heiden, K., Mulder, M. M. T., & Vanwolleghem, T. (2020). A mouse model of humanized liver shows a human-like lipid profile, but does not form atherosclerotic plaque after western type diet. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 524(2), 510-515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.01.067
    • Josefs, T., Wouters, K., Tietge, U. J. F., Annema, W., Dullaart, R. P. F., Vaisar, T., Arts, I. C. W., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., Goldberg, I. J., Fisher, E. A., & van Greevenbroek, M. M. J. (2020). High-density lipoprotein cholesterol efflux capacity is not associated with atherosclerosis and prevalence of cardiovascular outcome: The CODAM study. Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 14(1), 122-132.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacl.2019.10.012
  • 2019
    • Tinnevelt, G. H., van Staveren, S., Wouters, K., Wijnands, E., Verboven, K., Folcarelli, R., Koenderman, L., Buydens, L. M. C., & Jansen, J. J. (2019). A novel data fusion method for the effective analysis of multiple panels of flow cytometry data. Scientific Reports, 9(1), [6777]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43166-x
    • Paumelle, R., Haas, J. T., Hennuyer, N., Bauge, E., Deleye, Y., Mesotten, D., Langouche, L., Vanhoutte, J., Cudejko, C., Wouters, K., Hannou, S. A., Legry, V., Lancel, S., Lalloyer, F., Polizzi, A., Smati, S., Gourdy, P., Vallez, E., Bouchaert, E., ... Staels, B. (2019). Hepatic PPAR alpha is critical in the metabolic adaptation to sepsis. Journal of Hepatology, 70(5), 963-973. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhep.2018.12.037
    • Wetzels, S., Vanmierlo, T., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., van Horssen, J., Amor, S., Somers, V., Schalkwijk, C. G., Hendriks, J. J. A., & Wouters, K. (2019). Methylglyoxal-Derived Advanced Glycation Endproducts Accumulate in Multiple Sclerosis Lesions. Frontiers in Immunology, 10, [855]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2019.00855
    • Plat, J., Baumgartner, S., Vanmierlo, T., Luetjohann, D., Calkins, K. L., Burrin, D. G., Guthrie, G., Thijs, C., Te Velde, A. A., Vreugdenhil, A. C. E., Sverdlov, R., Garssen, J., Wouters, K., Trautwein, E. A., Wolfs, T. G., van Gorp, C., Mulder, M. T., Riksen, N. P., Groen, A. K., & Mensink, R. P. (2019). Plant-based sterols and stanols in health & disease: "Consequences of human development in a plant-based environment?". Progress in Lipid Research, 74, 87-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plipres.2019.02.003
    • Bijnen, M., van de Gaar, J., Vroomen, M., Gijbels, M. J., de Winther, M., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2019). Adipose tissue macrophages do not affect atherosclerosis development in mice. Atherosclerosis, 281, 31-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2018.12.010
    • Bijnen, M., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., van Der Kallen, C. J. H., Scheijen, J. L., van de Waarenburg, M. P. H., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Wouters, K., & Schallcwijk, C. G. (2019). Hepatic Fat Content and Liver Enzymes Are Associated with Circulating Free and Protein-Bound Advanced Glycation End Products, Which Are Associated with Low-Grade Inflammation: The CODAM Study. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2019, [6289831]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6289831
  • 2018
    • Bijnen, M., Beelen, N., Wetzels, S., van De Gaar, J., Vroomen, M., Wijnands, E., Scheijen, J. L., van de Waarenburg, M. P. H., Gijbels, M. J., Cleutjens, J. P., Biessen, E. A. L., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2018). RAGE deficiency does not affect non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and atherosclerosis in Western type diet-fed Ldlr(-/-) mice. Scientific Reports, 8, [15256]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33661-y
    • Bijnen, M., Josefs, T., Cuijpers, I., Maalsen, C. J., van de Gaar, J., Vroomen, M., Wijnands, E., Rensen, S. S., Greve, J. W. M., Hofker, M. H., Biessen, E. A. L., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2018). Adipose tissue macrophages induce hepatic neutrophil recruitment and macrophage accumulation in mice. Gut, 67(7), 1317-1327. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313654
    • Wetzels, S., Wouters, K., Miyata, T., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., Hendriks, J. J. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Vanmierlo, T. (2018). Advanced Glycation Endproducts Are Increased in the Animal Model of Multiple Sclerosis but Cannot Be Reduced by Pyridoxamine Treatment or Glyoxalase 1 Overexpression. International journal of molecular sciences, 19(5), [1311]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051311
    • Verboven, K., Wouters, K., Gaens, K., Hansen, D., Bijnen, M., Wetzels, S., Stehouwer, C. D., Goossens, G. H., Schalkwijk, C. G., Blaak, E. E., & Jocken, J. W. (2018). Abdominal subcutaneous and visceral adipocyte size, lipolysis and inflammation relate to insulin resistance in male obese humans. Scientific Reports, 8, [4677]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-22962-x
    • Wetzels, S., Bijnen, M., Wijnands, E., Biessen, E. A. L., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2018). Characterization of Immune Cells in Human Adipose Tissue by Using Flow Cytometry. Journal of visualized experiment, (133), [e57319 ]. https://doi.org/10.3791/57319
  • 2017
    • Bogie, J. F. J., Mailleux, J., Wouters, E., Jorissen, W., Grajchen, E., Vanmol, J., Wouters, K., Hellings, N., van Horssen, J., Vanmierlo, T., & Hendriks, J. J. A. (2017). Corrigendum: Scavenger receptor collectin placenta 1 is a novel receptor involved in the uptake of myelin by phagocytes. Scientific Reports, 7, [46925]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep46925
    • Wouters, K., Deleye, Y., Hannou, S. A., Vanhoutte, J., Marechal, X., Coisne, A., Tagzirt, M., Derudas, B., Bouchaert, E., Duhem, C., Vallez, E., Schalkwijk, C. G., Pattou, F., Montaigne, D., Staels, B., & Paumelle, R. (2017). The tumour suppressor CDKN2A/p16(INK4a) regulates adipogenesis and bone marrow-dependent development of perivascular adipose tissue. Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research, 14(6), 516-524. https://doi.org/10.1177/1479164117728012
    • Biessen, E. A. L., & Wouters, K. (2017). Macrophage complexity in human atherosclerosis: opportunities for treatment?Current Opinion in Lipidology, 28(5), 419-426. https://doi.org/10.1097/MOL.0000000000000447
    • Rienks, M., Papageorgiou, A., Wouters, K., Verhesen, W., van Leeuwen, R., Carai, P., Summer, G., Westermann, D., & Heymans, S. (2017). A novel 72-kDa leukocyte-derived osteoglycin enhances the activation of toll-like receptor 4 and exacerbates cardiac inflammation during viral myocarditis. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 74(8), 1511-1525. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-016-2423-7
    • Bogie, J. F. J., Mailleux, J., Wouters, E., Jorissen, W., Grajchen, E., Vanmol, J., Wouters, K., Hellings, N., Van Horsen, J., Vanmierlo, T., & Hendriks, J. J. A. (2017). Scavenger receptor collectin placenta 1 is a novel receptor involved in the uptake of myelin by phagocytes. Scientific Reports, 7, [44794]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep44794
    • Wouters, K., Gaens, K., Bijnen, M., Verboven, K., Jocken, J., Wetzels, S., Wijnands, E., Hansen, D., van Greevenbroek, M., Duijvestijn, A. M., Biessen, E. A. L., Blaak, E. E., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2017). Circulating classical monocytes are associated with CD11c(+) macrophages in human visceral adipose tissue. Scientific Reports, 7, [42665]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep42665
    • Wetzels, S., Wouters, K., Schalkwijk, C. G., Vanmierlo, T., & Hendriks, J. J. A. (2017). Methylglyoxal-Derived Advanced Glycation Endproducts in Multiple Sclerosis. International journal of molecular sciences, 18(2), [421]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18020421
  • 2016
    • Marsch, E., Demandt, J. A. F., Theelen, T. L., Tullemans, B. M. E., Wouters, K., Boon, M. R., van Dijk, T. H., Gijbels, M. J., Dubois, L. J., Meex, S. J. R., Mazzone, M., Hung, G., Fisher, E. A., Biessen, E. A. L., Daemen, M. J. A. P., Rensen, P. C. N., Carmeliet, P., Groen, A. K., & Sluimer, J. C. (2016). Deficiency of the oxygen sensor prolyl hydroxylase 1 attenuates hypercholesterolaemia, atherosclerosis, and hyperglycaemia. European Heart Journal, 37(39), 2993-2997. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehw156
    • Klinkenberg, L. J. J., Luyten, P., van der Linden, N., Urgel, K., Snijders, D. P. C., Knackstedt, C., Dennert, R., Kietselaer, B. L. J. H., Mingels, A., Cardinaels, E. P. M., Peeters, F. E. C. M., van Suijlen, J. D. E., ten Kate, J., Marsch, E., Theelen, T. L., Sluimer, J. C., Wouters, K., Bekers, O., Bekkers, B., ... Meex, S. J. R. (2016). Cardiac Troponin T and I Release After a 30-km Run. American Journal of Cardiology, 118(2), 281-287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.04.030
    • Maessen, D. E., Brouwers, O., Gaens, K. H., Wouters, K., Cleutjens, J. P., Janssen, B. J., Miyata, T., Stehouwer, C. D., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2016). Delayed Intervention With Pyridoxamine Improves Metabolic Function and Prevents Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Insulin Resistance in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Diabetes, 65(4), 956-966. https://doi.org/10.2337/db15-1390
  • 2015
    • Legein, B., Janssen, E. M., Theelen, T. L., Gijbels, M. J., Walraven, J., Klarquist, J. S., Hennies, C. M., Wouters, K., Seijkens, T. T. P., Wijnands, E., Sluimer, J. C., Lutgens, E., Zenke, M., Hildner, K., Biessen, E. A. L., & Temmerman, L. (2015). Ablation of CD8 alpha(+) dendritic cell mediated cross-presentation does not impact atherosclerosis in hyperlipidemic mice. Scientific Reports, 5, [15414]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep15414
    • Hannou, S. A., Wouters, K., Paumelle, R., & Staels, B. (2015). Functional genomics of the CDKN2A/B locus in cardiovascular and metabolic disease: what have we learned from GWASs?Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 26(4), 176-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tem.2015.01.008
  • 2014
    • Hanssen, N. M. J., Brouwers, O., Gijbels, M. J., Wouters, K., Wijnands, E., Cleutjens, J. P. M., De Mey, J. G., Miyata, T., Biessen, E. A., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2014). Glyoxalase 1 overexpression does not affect atherosclerotic lesion size and severity in ApoE(-/-) mice with or without diabetes. Cardiovascular Research, 104(1), 160-170. https://doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvu189
    • Hanssen, N. M. J., Wouters, K., Huijberts, M. S., Gijbels, M. J., Sluimer, J. C., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., Heeneman, S., Biessen, E. A. L., Daemen, M. J. A. P., Brownlee, M., de Kleijn, D. P., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Pasterkamp, G., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2014). Higher levels of advanced glycation endproducts in human carotid atherosclerotic plaques are associated with a rupture-prone phenotype. European Heart Journal, 35(17), 1137-1146. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/eht402
  • 2013
    • Heymans, S., Corsten, M. F., Verhesen, W., Carai, P., van Leeuwen, R. E., Custers, K., Peters, T., Hazebroek, M., Stoger, L., Wijnands, E., Janssen, B. J., Creemers, E. E., Pinto, Y. M., Grimm, D., Schurmann, N., Vigorito, E., Thum, T., Stassen, F. R., Yin, X., ... Schroen, B. L. (2013). Macrophage MicroRNA-155 Promotes Cardiac Hypertrophy and Failure. Circulation, 128(13), 1420-1432. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.001357
  • 2012
    • Bieghs, V., Verheyen, F., van Gorp, P. J., Hendrikx, T., Wouters, K., Lutjohann, D., Gijbels, M. J., Febbraio, M., Binder, C. J., Hofker, M. H., & Sverdlov, R. (2012). Internalization of modified lipids by cd36 and sr-a leads to hepatic inflammation and lysosomal cholesterol storage in kupffer cells. PLOS ONE, 7(3), [e34378]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0034378
    • Wouters, K., Cudejko, C., Gijbels, M. J. J., Fuentes, L., Bantubungi, K., Vanhoutte, J., Dievart, R., Paquet, C., Bouchaert, E., Hannou, S. A., Gizard, F., Tailleux, A., de Winther, M. P. J., Staels, B., & Paumelle, R. (2012). Bone Marrow p16(INK4a)-Deficiency Does Not Modulate Obesity, Glucose Homeostasis or Atherosclerosis Development. PLOS ONE, 7(3), e32440. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032440
    • Bieghs, V., van Gorp, P. J., Wouters, K., Hendrikx, T., Gijbels, M. J., van Bilsen, M., de Bakker, J., Binder, C. J., Lutjohann, D., Staels, B., Hofker, M. H., & Sverdlov, R. (2012). LDL receptor knock-out mice are a physiological model particularly vulnerable to study the onset of inflammation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. PLOS ONE, 7(1), [e30668]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0030668
  • 2011
    • Lalloyer, F., Wouters, K., Baron, M., Caron, S., Vallez, E., Vanhoutte, J., Bauge, E., Sverdlov, R., Hofker, M., Staels, B., & Tailleux, A. (2011). Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha gene level differently affects lipid metabolism and inflammation in apolipoprotein E2 knock-in mice. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 31(7), 1573-1579. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.110.220525
  • 2010
    • Bieghs, V., Wouters, K., van Gorp, P. J., Gijbels, M. J. J., de Winther, M. P. J., Binder, C. J., Lutjohann, D., Febbraio, M., Moore, K. J., van Bilsen, M., Hofker, M. H., & Shiri-Sverdlov, R. (2010). Role of scavenger receptor A and CD36 in diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in hyperlipidemic mice. Gastroenterology, 138(7), 2477-2486. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2010.02.051
    • Wouters, K., van Bilsen, M., van Gorp, P. J., Bieghs, V., Lutjohann, D., Kerksiek, A., Staels, B., Hofker, M. H., & Sverdlov, R. (2010). Intrahepatic cholesterol influences progression, inhibition and reversal of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in hyperlipidemic mice.Febs Letters, 584(5), 1001-1005. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.febslet.2010.01.046
  • 2008
    • Wouters, K., van Gorp, P. J. J., Bieghs, V., Gijbels, M. J., Duimel, H., Lutjohann, D., Kerksiek, A., van Kruchten, R., Maeda, N., Staels, B., van Bilsen, M., Sverdlov, R., & Hofker, M. H. (2008). Dietary cholesterol, rather than liver steatosis, leads to hepatic inflammation in hyperlipidemic mouse models of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology, 48(2), 474-486. https://doi.org/10.1002/hep.22363
    • Vanschoonbeek, K., Wouters, K., van der Meijden, P. E., van Gorp, P. J. J., Feijge, M. A., Herfs, M., Schurgers, L. J., Hofker, M. H., de Maat, M. P., & Heemskerk, J. W. (2008). Anticoagulant effect of dietary fish oil in hyperlipidemia: a study of hepatic gene expression in APOE2 knock-in mice.Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 28(11), 2023-2029. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.107.156992
  • 2006
    • Shiri-Sverdlov, R., Wouters, K., van Gorp, P. J. J., Gijbels, M. J. J., Noel, B., Buffat, L., Staels, B., Maeda, N., van Bilsen, M., & Hofker, M. H. (2006). Early diet-induced non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in APOE2 knock-in mice and its prevention by fibrates. Journal of Hepatology, 44(4), 732-741. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhep.2005.10.033
  • 2005
    • Wouters, K. A. M., Shiri-Sverdlov, R., van Gorp, P. J. J., van Bilsen, M., & Hofker, M. H. (2005). Understanding hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis: lessons from genetically modified apoe and ldlr mice. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 43(5), 470-479. https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2005.085