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
27 Dec 2016
Application for Internal Symposium on LIVING IN SPACE has started.
10 Nov 2015
Our research projects were awarded the Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (the International Group) in FY 2015 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).
06 Oct 2015
More than 130 researchers, including those involved in Scientific Research on Innovative Areas attended the kickoff meeting, which was held at Hitotsubashi Hall. Check out the details of the meeting in Mynavi News.
14 Sep 2015
The kickoff meeting for the Scientific Research on Innovative Areas will be held on 6 October 2015 (Tue.) from 13:15 to 16:50. Check out [the kickoff meeting] for details.
01 Sep 2015
The Application Procedures for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research FY 2016-2017 have been released. Check out [Application Procedures for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research] for details.
29 Jun 2015
Our research projects, which are related to a new research area under "Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a Proposed Research Area)", were awarded the FY 2015 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.