Amphibian newts have a remarkable capacity of regeneration.In addition to the limbs, tail and jaw, they can regenerate thier ocular tissues (cornea, retina, lens), intestine, spinal cord, and even the brain and heart. On the other hand, the regenerative capacity of human and mice is extremely limited. Why do these big differences occur even though they are the same vertebrate animals?
We investigate the mechanism of organ regeneration using Iberian ribbed newts an experimental model. we aim to clarify the principals of Organ regeneration.
Our lab is also working on the development and maintenance of bioresource for the Iberian ribbed newt in order to provide them to domestic and foreign researchers.
- Kazuno (PhD. student) presentated her research at the annual meeting of the Molecular Biology Society of Japan (held online) (December 2020). (2020/12/4)
- Ikuta (master student) will present her research at the congress of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine (march 2021). (2021/1/14)
- Prof. Hayashi invited as a speaker for the annual meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (March 2021).(2021/1/14)
Spawning of newts of the Leucistic strain. These newts are natural mutant lacking black pigmented cells on their body surface, however lay eggs with black pigments similar to wild-type animal.
We hope to condact colaborative research with many researchers using the Iberian ribbed newt.The Iberian ribbed newts have many useful abilities and interesting properties in addition to the capacity of regeneration. If you are interested, feel free to contact us.