NEWS & TOPICS
- 15 Nov 2017
- Asako Sakaue-Sawano, a research member of Living in Space (B01) has successfully developed novel genetically encoded cell cycle optical sensor, Fucci(CA) in a collaborative project. As reported in Molecular Cell, November Issue, Fucci(CA) monitors cell-cycle interphase with boundaries between G1, S, and G2 phases in real-time. Fucci(CA)2 also identifies a window for UV irradiation damage in S phase on HeLa cells. This technology is expected to contribute to understand cell cycle behavior in "Living in Space".
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- 13 June 2017
- A team led by Prof. Higashitani(A01), Tohoku University, revealed the mechanism of heat stress induced muscle breakdown in body-wall muscles of Caenorhabditis elegans exposed to elevated temperature. The findings are published in a prestigious academic journal, Genetics. The findings are expected to lead to prevention of heat stroke aggravation.
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- 08 May 2017
- PATHWAY to convert visual information into the feeding motivation was identified in zebrafish; a team led by Prof. Kawakami and Dr. Muto, National Institute of Genetics, published an online article in Nature Communications dated Apr.20 reporting that the pretecto-hypothalamic pathway plays a crucial role in conveying visual information to the feeding centre. It is expected to control appetite in space in the future. →Link to article
- 21 Mar 2017
- Regenerated fibers lack hypertrophying function in skeletal muscle: A team led by Dr. Kawano of Matsumoto University published a research article titled" Prenatal myonuclei play a crucial role in skeletal muscle hypertrophy in rodents." in American ournal of Physiology Cell Physiology published in March 2017. →Link to article
- 21 Mar 2017
- An International Symposium on LIVING IN SPACE 2017 was held on March 9th, 2017 in Hitotsubashi Hall in Tokyo.
- 03 Feb 2017
- A team led by Dr. Lazarus, University of Tsukuba, has discovered a direct link between REM sleep loss, the medial prefrontal cortex and the desire for sugary and fatty foods according to Asahi Shimbun →Link to Asahi Shimbun
- 24 Jan 2017
- A team led by Profs. Masashi Yanagisawa and Hiromasa Funato of WPI-IIIS, University of Tsukuba (Programmed Research Nagase Group) identified mutations that affect sleep/wakefulness in mice; amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep shown to be regulated by NALCN and SIK3 proteins, respectively. This landmark paper was published in Nature.→Link to article
- 17 Jan 2017
- Prof. Akira Kudo at Tokyo Tech, in collaboration with Dr. Chaya at Showa University, reported in Scientific Reports,nature-com published on December 22 that live-imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka fish transgenic lines identified the immediate alteration of cells responsible for bone structure formation. These findings are important for assessing the effects microgravity on long term human space missions. →Tokyo Tech News