Structural Energy Bioscience
Advanced Energy Utilization Division Structural Energy Bioscience Research Section
Professor : Masato KATAHIRA
Associate Professor : Takashi NAGATA
Assistant Professor : Tsukasa MASHIMA
We aim at the establishment of biorefinery through the development of biomass and biomolecules based on structural biology.
Toward biorefinery through the development of biomass and biomolecules based on structural biology
We explore the way how biomolecules such as proteins (involving enzymes) and functional nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) work at atomic resolution based on structural biology with NMR. For example, we have elucidated how functional RNA can trap the protein that causes prion diseases. We are also engaged in development of the new methodology to elucidate the underlying mechanism of functions of these biomolecules. We have successfully developed the way to monitor the base conversion reaction by anti- HIV enzyme in real-time by NMR for the first time. Currently, we are developing the way to extract energy and valuable materials that can be used as starting materials of various products from wood biomass. Thus, we pursue to contribute to the paradigm shift from oil refinery to biorefinery.
Biorefinery based on biodegradation of wood biomass studied by NMR
Establishment of biorefinery on the basis of biodegradation of wood biomass studied by NMR.