Mechanism of homeostatic robustness by exercise to reduce health risk in space life – Publicly Invited Research

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Research Subject Mechanism of homeostatic robustness by exercise to reduce health risk in space life
Research Group Leader
Takuro Numaga-Tomita
  • Takuro Numaga-Tomita
    Assistant professor, Okazaki Institute for Integrative Biology (National Institute for Physiological Sciences), National institutes of Natural Sciences
Research Collaborator(s)
  • Motohiro Nishida
    Professor, Okazaki Institute for Integrative Biology (National Institute for Physiological Sciences), National Institutes of Natural Sciences
  • Akiyuki Nishimura
    Project assistant professor, Okazaki Institute for Integrative Biology (National Institute for Physiological Sciences), National Institutes of Natural Sciences

One of the difficulties for survival in space is the loss of stress on muscular system organs, which leads to muscle atrophy. Even on Earth, the condition of being bedridden is known to cause muscle atrophy and immunodeficiency. To reveal the importance of exercise and how to substitute for poor exercise under difficult conditions, we will study how muscular organs sense mechanical signals from physical activities and contribute to homeostasis, and aim to develop novel interventions to mimic kinesitherapy.
We consider the mechanical signals on skeletal muscle during muscle contraction and dilation to be the most important factor in exercise. Therefore, the mechanism of sensing and adapting to those mechanical signals will be studied from a cellular level to a whole-body level. And the common mechanism of adaptation to mechanical signals among all muscular organs will be revealed. Finally, the importance of muscular organs in homeostasis will be analyzed.