Shotaro Ayukawa

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Phenotypic diversification of cells is crucial for developmental and regenerative processes in multicellular organisms. The diversification concept is described as the motion of marbles rolling down Waddington's landscape, in which the number of stable states changes as development proceeds. In contrast to this simple concept, the complexity of natural(More)
Creating artificial biological systems is an important research endeavor. Each success contributes to synthetic biology and adds to our understanding of the functioning of the biomachinery of life. In the construction of large, complex systems, a modular approach simplifies the design process: a multilayered system can be prepared by integrating simple(More)
Appropriate regulation of respective gene expressions is a bottleneck for the realization of artificial biological systems inside living cells. The modification of several promoter sequences is required to achieve appropriate regulation of the systems. However, a time-consuming process is required for the insertion of an operator, a binding site of a(More)
Phenotypic diversification of cells in development and regeneration is conceptually modeled by the motion of marbles rolling down valleys on the Waddington landscape, the main feature of which is bifurcations of the valleys. We have experimentally shown that this feature is sufficient to achieve phenotypic diversification by the construction of a synthetic(More)
Recently, micrometer-sized bacterial culture systems have attracted attention as useful tools for synthetic biology studies. Here, we present the development of a bacterial continuous culture system based on a microdroplet open reactor consisting of two types of water-in-oil microdroplets with diameters of several hundred micrometers. A continuous culture(More)
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