Molecular Mechanism of Brain Development Leads to the Mind and Behavior

The human brain is made up of approximately one hundred billion neurons, forming complex neural networks and thereby controlling mind and behavior. But how does the brain develop and work properly? Answering this question is not only a critical issue for the life sciences but is also vital to society, for which an increase in neurodevelopmental disorders has become a major public health concern. Thus, overall, our group aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and its disorders. We identify genes related to neuronal, synaptic, and circuit development via a neuroinformatics perspective in the mouse cerebellar cortical circuit, and furthermore analyze their function by employing a multidisciplinary approach from the molecular to behavioral level.

What's New



The article on CAPS2-dependent proopiomelanocortin release involved in food intake behavior was published in  Neuroscience Letters



The article on the cortico-amygdala interaction in taste memory retrieval was published in Molecular brain.


The article on neuronal excitability in fear memory formation was published in Scientific Reports.


2019. 8

The article on essential tremor-like behavior in small GTPase Arf4/5 KO mice  (the result of a collaboration with Dr. Sadakata, Gunma Univesity) was published in Journal of Neuroscience.


The article on impaired rubber tail illusion in CAPS2 KO mice  (the result of a collaboration with Dr. Wada, Research Institute of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities) was published in Scientific Reports.


The article on increased startle response to auditory and tactile stimuli in LAMP5 KO mice was published in Molecular Brain.


The article on BDNF and NT-3 levels in various brain regions of CAPS2 KO mice was published in Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.



The article on ViBrism, a brain gene expression atlas database (the result of a collaboration with Drs. Morita K. & Okamura-Oho Y.) was published in Nucleic Acid Res..


Two graduate students Ms. Konami Abe and Mr. Shuhei Fujima
received the "Junior Investigator Poster Award" at The 41st Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, Neuroscience 2018.


The article on aberrant synapse development of hippocampal mossy fibers in CAPS2 mice was published in Neurosci Lett.


The article on impaired long-term memory formation of RNG105/caprin1 KO mice (the result of a collaboration with Dr. Shiina's group of NIBB) was published in eLife.


The article of Yagishita et al. waspublished in Neuroscience Letters (Environmental enrichment-induced adult neurogenesis in CAPS2 KO mice).


The article on deltamethrin increases neurite outgrowth via BDNF/TrkB pathway (the result of a collaboration with Drs. Fukuchi & Tsuda) was published in Cell Structure and Function.

2017. 3

The article of Hayashi et al. was published in PLoS ONE (Brain specific RasGEF very-KIND KO mice).


The article of Sadakata et al. was published in Neurosci. Lett. (GeneChip analysis of CAPS2 KO mouse cerebellum).


The article of Fumio Yoshikawa, Yumi Sato, et al was published in PLoS ONE (Myelin paranodal membrane protein Opalin KO mice).


The article of Yo Shinoda, Yui Nakajima, Hirotoshi Iguchi, et al was published in European Journal of Pharmacology (Galacto-N-biose is neuroprotective).



The article of Yo Shinoda and Chiaki Ishii was published in Scientific Reports (CAPS1 regulates exocytosis of synaptic vesicles).


Yui Nakajima's article on the protective effect of citrinin against glutamate-induced neurotroxicity was published in J. Toxicol. Sci.



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BrainTx (formerly CDT-DB)

The Brain Transcriptome Database (BrainTx) project aims to create an integrated platform to visualize and analyze our original transcriptome data and publicly accessible transcriptome data related to the genetics that underlie the development, function, and dysfunction stages and states of the brain. BrainTx was developed from the Cerebellar Development Transcriptome Database (CDT-DB). 

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Tokyo University of Science (HP: English / 日本語)

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