Laboratory for Cellular Function Imaging | RIKEN BDR

Laboratory for Cellular Function Imaging

Team Leader

Yosky KataokaM.D., Ph.D.

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  • Location:Kobe / MI R&D Center Building
  • E-mail:kataokay[at]riken.jpPlease replace [at] with @.

Investigating the function and behavior of cells in living systems by imaging technologies

Research Summary

Many diseases including neurological disorders and malignancy were caused by dysfunction of cells and tissues in our body. The dysfunction is thought to be induced by chronic inflammation and functional deterioration of tissue repair in aging or fatigue.

We are investigating the dynamics and pathophysiological roles of stem/progenitor cells functioning in living tissues under aging or fatigue condition, by using multi-modal imaging technologies including PET, MRI, fluorescence/bioluminescence imaging, microendoscope imaging, electron microscope imaging. In particular, we are focusing on the functions of immunological regulation and tissue maintenance by stem/progenitor cells. Further, we aim to uncover the functional linkages among organs, tissues, and cells in aging, fatigue, malignancy and neurological disorders, by the combination of such imaging technologies and omics analyses. In addition, we are challenging to develop new medical technologies using light energy or plasma for analysis and manipulation of function of stem/progenitor cells, immune system, tissue repair, and regeneration.

Multi-modal imaging for stem/progenitor cells

New technology for multi-modal imaging with electron microscopy and dig data analysis of morphological feature

Multi-omics analyses including imaging big data obtained by electron microscopy

Research Theme

  • Multi-modal imaging and functional analysis of stem/progenitor cells in vivo
  • Pathophysiological studies of aging and fatigue by imaging and omics analysis
  • Development of new technologies for analysis and control of bio-functions in vivo

Main Publications List

  • Sugita S, Yamato M, Hatabu T, Kataoka Y.
    Involvement of cancer-derived EMT cells in the accumulation of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose in the hypoxic cancer microenvironment.
    Scientific Reports 11. 9668 (2021) doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-88414-1
  • Tamura Y, Takata K, Eguchi A, Kataoka Y.
    In vivo monitoring of hair cycle stages via bioluminescence imaging of hair follicle NG2 cells.
    Scientific Reports 8. 393 (2018) doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18763-3
  • Kume S, Nishimura Y, Mizuno K, et al.
    Music Improves Subjective Feelings Leading to Cardiac Autonomic Nervous Modulation: A Pilot Study.
    Frontiers in Neuroscience 11. 108 (2017) doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00108
  • Nakano M, Tamura Y, Yamato M, et al.
    NG2 glial cells regulate neuroimmunological responses to maintain neuronal function and survival.
    Scientific Reports 7. 42041 (2017) doi: 10.1038/srep42041
  • Yamano E, Sugimoto M, Hirayama A, et al.
    Index markers of chronic fatigue syndrome with dysfunction of TCA and urea cycles.
    Scientific Reports 6. 34990 (2016) doi: 10.1038/srep34990
  • Tamura Y, Takahashi K, Takata K, et al.
    Noninvasive Evaluation of Cellular Proliferative Activity in Brain Neurogenic Regions in Rats under Depression and Treatment by Enhanced [18F] FLT-PET Imaging.
    Journal of Neuroscience 36(31). 8123-8131 (2016) doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0220-16.2016
  • Iwawaki T, Akai R, Oikawa D, et al.
    Transgenic mouse model for imaging of interleukin-1β-related inflammation in vivo.
    Scientific Reports 5. 17205 (2015) doi: 10.1038/srep17205
  • Kume S., Yamato M., Tamura Y, et al.
    Potential biomarkers of fatigue identified by plasma metabolome analysis in rats.
    PLOS ONE 10(3). e0120106 (2015) doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120106
  • Cui YL, Toyoda H, Sako T, et al.
    A voxel-based analysis of brain activity in high-order trigeminal pathway in the rat induced by cortical spreading depression.
    Neuroimage 108. 17-22 (2015) doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.047
  • Nakatomi Y, Mizuno K, Ishii A, et al.
    Neuroinflammation in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: an 11C-(R)-PK11195 PET study.
    Journal of Nuclear Medicine 55(6). 945-950 (2014) doi: 10.2967/jnumed.113.131045
  • Yamato, M., Tamura, Y., Eguchi, A., Watanabe, Y., and Kataoka, Y.
    Brain interleukin-1beta and the intrinsic receptor antagonist control peripheral toll-like receptor 3-mediated suppression of spontaneous activity in rats.
    PLOS ONE 9. e90950 (2014) doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090950


Yosky KataokaTeam Leader kataokay[at]
Yasuhisa TamuraDeputy Team Leader tamuray[at]
Masanori YamatoResearch Scientist yamatomasa[at]
Satoshi KumeResearch Scientist satoshi.kume[at]
Kumi TakataTechnical Staff I
Sally DannoTechnical Staff I
Asami EguchiTechnical Staff I
Mayako OkamotoAssistant mayako.okamoto[at]
Kazuo FunabikiSenior Visiting Scientist
Mitsuyo MaedaSenior Visiting Scientist
Guihua ChenResearch Part-time Worker I
Toshiyuki GotoJunior Research Associate
Riho MashibaResearch Part-time Worker II
Yuka WatahikiResearch Part-time Worker II
Kunpe KawakatsuResearch Part-time Worker II

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