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Science Agora 2017 -in Tokyo-

IPR, together with PDBj, Hiroshima City Univ.Ritsumeikan Univ. and Kwansei Gakuin Univ. will hold a booth at Science Agora 2017 organized by Japan Science and Technology Agancy (JST).

  • November 24 (Friday), 2017 (13:30〜18:00)
  • November 25 (Saturday) – November 26 (Sunday) (10:00〜16:00)
Telecom Center Building, Odaiba Tokyo
5th floor Area D (innovating new knowledge by linking different fields), Booth No.65

“Shape” of proteins, which supporting the life

(The website linked from the title is displayed only in Japanese)
The aim of our exhibition is providing chances for various people to realize the diversity and importance of the “Shape” of proteins though experiences such as watching, feeling and constructing. We hope it helps them to deepen their understanding for biomolecules. The details of exhibition are as following:
  1. “Watching” by accessing PDBj database and browsing protein molecules with CG in sterically.
  2. “Feeling” by touching the molecule models made with a 3D printer
  3. “Constructing” by making molecules with paper crafts
We also introduce the methods and facilities such as synchrotrons and high resolution electron microscopes (Nobel Prize of this year was awarded for it!) to solve molecule shapes.

Research and Exchange between Ruhr University Bochum and IPR Strengthened

The Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University (IPR) have concluded a cooperation agreement in October 2017. It is complementary to the existing cooperation between the two universities since 2010.

Publication: “Subtelomeres constitute a safeguard for gene expression and chromosome homeostasis”

Nucleic Acids Research Breakthrough article describes the biological role of subtelomeric sequences in chromosome maintenance and chromatin structure.

Research teams led by Dr. Junko Kanoh at Osaka University and by Kunihiro Ohta at the University of Tokyo (Japan), have described a study of the biological function of subtelomeric homologous (SH) sequences (and of subtelomeres more generally) through phenotypic analysis of a Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast) mutant in which all SH sequences in the genome were deleted.





A paper by Dr. Gert-Jan Bekker has been published from Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation with its cover picture of the Issue 7, 2017.

A paper”Accurate Prediction of Complex Structure and Affinity for a Flexible Protein Receptor and its Inhibitor (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jctc.6b01127, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b01127) by Dr. Gert-Jan Bekker, who is a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor in IPR, has been published from Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC, IF=5.301) with its cover picture of the Issue 7, 2017.



A new portal site, JBI (Japan alliance for Bioscience Information), has started to support the integrated activities of biological basic databases in Japan

Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj), Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University has launched the JBI (Japan alliance for Bioscience Information) portal site in collaboration with National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC), JST; Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, ROIS; and DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ), National Institute of Genetics, ROIS. This portal site provides one-stop service of databases and tools which are helpful in various scenes of the life science research.

Visit the website (http://jbioinfo.jp/) for more detail.