Ikuko Koyama-Honda

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Receptor dimerization is important for many signaling pathways. However, the monomer-dimer equilibrium has never been fully characterized for any receptor with a 2D equilibrium constant as well as association/dissociation rate constants (termed super-quantification). Here, we determined the dynamic equilibrium for the N-formyl peptide receptor (FPR), a(More)
We have evaluated the sizes and lifetimes of rafts in the plasma membrane from the existing literature, with a special attention paid to their intrinsically broad distributions and the limited time and space scales that are covered by the observation methods used for these studies. Distinguishing the rafts in the steady state (reserve rafts) from those(More)
Mitochondria can be degraded by autophagy in a process termed mitophagy. The Parkinson-disease-associated ubiquitin ligase Parkin can trigger mitophagy of depolarized mitochondria. However, it remains to be determined how the autophagy machinery is involved in this specific type of autophagy. It has been speculated that adaptor proteins such as p62 might(More)
Single-molecule tracking and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) applied to the plasma membrane in living cells have allowed a number of unprecedented observations, thus fostering a new basic understanding of molecular diffusion, interaction, and signal transduction in the plasma membrane. It is becoming clear that the plasma membrane is a(More)
Autophagy is mediated by a unique organelle, the autophagosome. Autophagosome formation involves a number of autophagy-related (ATG) proteins and complicated membrane dynamics. Although the hierarchical relationships of ATG proteins have been investigated, how individual ATG proteins or their complexes contribute to the organization of the autophagic(More)
Autophagosome formation is governed by sequential functions of autophagy-related (ATG) proteins. Although their genetic hierarchy in terms of localization to the autophagosome formation site has been determined, their temporal relationships remain largely unknown. In this study, we comprehensively analyzed the recruitment of mammalian ATG proteins to the(More)
In macroautophagy, cytoplasmic contents are sequestered into the double-membrane autophagosome, which fuses with the lysosome to become the autolysosome. It has been thought that the autophagy-related (ATG) conjugation systems are required for autophagosome formation. Here, we found that autophagosomal soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment(More)
The interaction, binding, and colocalization of two or more molecules in living cells are essential aspects of many biological molecular processes, and single-molecule technologies for investigating these processes in live cells, if successfully developed, would become very powerful tools. Here, we developed simultaneous, dual-color, single fluorescent(More)
Transverse (T)-tubules make-up a specialized network of tubulated muscle cell membranes involved in excitation-contraction coupling for power of contraction. Little is known about how T-tubules maintain highly organized structures and contacts throughout the contractile system despite the ongoing muscle remodeling that occurs with muscle atrophy, damage and(More)
Although the autophagy-related (ATG) conjugation systems are thought to be important for a late step of autophagosome formation, their precise function has been poorly understood because they are also required for localization of the most important autophagosomal marker LC3. In our recent study we found that, using the autophagosomal SNARE STX17 (syntaxin(More)