Research Activities- FUKUDA Mitsunori -

Molecular mechanism of membrane trafficking

The human body comprises a great many cells, each of which contains many subcellular units known as organelles. Signals are exchanged frequently between cells and between organelles through "membrane trafficking" in which membrane-wrapped substances are transported. However, much remains unknown about this process. Our laboratory focuses on the secretory phenomena (i.e., transport of secretory vesicles) and on the melanin transport in melancytes and tries to identify "key molecules" responsible for the secretion events and melanin transport. The aim of our research is to elucidate the molecular mechanism of membrane trafficking by use of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular imaging techniques.
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