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Division of Cardiocirculatory Signaling



Elucidation of biological functions using multilevel techniques to evaluate cardiovascular functions and its clinical application

Our sanguiferous function is mainly controled by muscular organs composed of striated
muscles (heart and skeletal muscles) and smooth muscle (blood vessels). Our group aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying transition of the muscles from adaptation to maladaptation against environmental stress (mainly hemodynamic load) multi-level techniques to evaluate cardiovascular functions (in vivo and in vitro), and work toward practical application (e.g., drug discovery and fostering). We also investigate the mechanism of muscle repair and regeneration, and aim to develop a novel therapeutic strategy for refractory diseases. In addition, we address the inclusive research to elucidate the mechanism underlying maintenance and transfiguration of cardiocirculatory homeostasis via multi-organ interactions by combining non-invasive measuring methodologies of motor functions and those cardiovascular functions.
Our laboratory has various techniques and equipments to drive the above researches.

1. Non-invasive measurements of muscular functions Echo-cardiography (mouse and rat), Laser Doppler flowmetry (mouse), Measuring devices of motor activity (mouse), Tail-cuff (mouse and rat), blood pressure telemetry (mouse)
2. Invasive measurements of cardiovascular functions Langendorff perfusion system (mouse and rat), Mouse millar catheter (for P-V loop
3. Isolation of primary-cultured cells and experiments mechanical stretching machine, Ca2+ imaging, FRET imaging, Confocal laser microscopy, Patch-clamp recording, Plate reader (BRET assay, post-translational modification analyses)

Figure.  Measuring systems for cardiovascualr functions and summary of our research using these systems


Typical paper information

*T. Akaike et al., Nature Commun. 8(1):1177 (2017)
*T. Shimauchi et al., JCI insight, 2(15). pii: 93358 (2017)
*S. Oda et al., Sci. Rep. 7(1), 7511 (2017)
*T. Numaga-Tomita et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 39383 (2016)
*N. Kitajima et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 37001 (2016)
*A. Nishimura et al., Sci. Signal. 9, ra7. (2016)
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