Dr. Sato’ group demonstrates that shape of progenitor cell is stored as a “shape-memory” and biases stochastic fate-decisions in the future even after it lost the original shape. They also discovered an underlying mechanism for this new biological process by the integrative approach combining methods of quantitative live imaging, genetic manipulations, mathematical modeling and computational simulations. This result may be translated to the development of a new method to predict and/or diagnose human diseases in the future.
Sato Live Bio-Forecasting Project
Takashi Akanuma, Cong Chen, Tetsuo Sato, Roeland M. H. Merks, and Thomas N. Sato. “Memory of cell shape biases stochastic fate decision-making despite mitotic rounding”. Nature Communications, Published online 28 June 2016, doi: 10.1038/ncomms11963.
Toshiya Morie, Ph.D.
Research Manager, The Thomas N. Sato BioMEC-X Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
Department of Research Project, JST
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