Integrative Life Sciences :
Brain and Nervous System


Professor ABE Kentaro
Campus Katahira campus
Laboratory Brain Development
Tel +81-22-2176228
E-mail k.abe@tohoku.ac.jp
Website http://kntrb.org/ResearchJP.html http://kntrb.org/
2002                BSc: Kyoto University.
2004                MSc: Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University.
2007                Ph.D.: Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University.
2007-2007    PostDoc: RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
2007-2013    Instructor Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University.
2010-2016    PRESTO researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency
2013-2017    Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
2017-             Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Selected Publications
  1. Kentaro Abe*, Sumiko Matsui and Dai Watanabe*. Transgenic songbirds with suppressed or enhanced activity of CREB transcription factor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A, 112(24):7599-604, (2015).
  2. Kentaro Abe* and Dai Watanabe. Songbirds possess the spontaneous ability to discriminate syntactic rules. Nature Neuroscience, 14(8):1067-73, (2011).    
  3. Kentaro Abe*. Neural activity-dependent regulation of gene expression in developing and mature neurons. Dev. Growth Differ., 50(4):261-71, (2008).
  4. Kentaro Abe and Masatoshi Takeichi. EPLIN mediates linkage of the cadherin-catenin complex to F-actin and stabilizes the circumferential actin belt. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A., 105(1):13-9 (2008).
  5. Kentaro Abe and Masatoshi Takeichi.NMDA receptor activation induces calpain-mediated beta-catenin cleavages for triggering gene expression. Neuron, 53(3):387-97, (2007).
  6. Masatoshi Takeichi and Kentaro Abe. Synaptic Contact Dynamics Controlled by Cadherin and Catenins. Trends in Cell Biology, 15(4):216-21, (2005).
  7. Kentaro Abe  Osamu Chisaka , Frans van Roy. and Masatoshi Takeichi. Stability of dendritic spines and synaptic contacts is controlled by alphaN-catenin. Nature Neuroscience , 7(4):357-63, (2004).
  8. Hideru Togashi, Kentaro Abe, Akira Mizoguchi, Kanna Takaoka, Osamu Chisaka and Masatoshi Takeichi. Cadherin Regulates Dendritic Spine Morphogenesis. Neuron, 35,77-89, (2002).
Activities in Academic Societies
Japan Society for Neuroscience: member
The Society for Neuroscience: member
Neuroscience I, Life Science B

Recent Activities

We have created an experimental system to analyze “nature” and “nurture” in postnatal development of animals, a system to observe the brain plasticity of freely moving animals, and a method to analyze the activities of multiple transcription factors in the adult brain.

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