Our human body is composed of 37 trillion cells. In addition to cells, various non-cellular components including proteins and sugars that surround cells are also major constituents of the body. These non-cellular components called extracellular matrix regulate various cellular behaviors and fates (cell growth, migration, and differentiation) as extracellular environments. Cells cooperate with each other to maintain homeostasis in vivo. These regulation and cooperation are prerequisite for multicellular organisms. Abnormalities in regulation and cooperation in the body lead to various diseases such as cancer and hyperlipidemia.
The goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms of various “cellular” and physiological events from the viewpoint of “biochemistry” of genes and proteins. In particular, we have been analyzing the mechanism by which extracellular matrix, such as collagen, regulate cell growth and differentiation and the functions of transporters involved in maintaining the homeostasis of biological substances such as cholesterol.
|Mito Kuroda was appointed to the assistant professor.|
|Ryota Futamata’s paper “Live Cell FRET Analysis of the Conformational Changes of Human P-glycoprotein.”was accepted to bio-protocol.|
|Hiromitsu Nakato's paper "ABCA13 dysfunction associated with psychiatric disorders causes impaired cholesterol trafficking."was accepted to Journal of Biological Chemistry.|
|Assistant professor Yasuhisa Kimura was appointed to the associate professor.|
|At the 15th Annual Meeting of the JTRA, M2 Satoshi Takahashi won the Presentation Award.|