Year: 2016

Sumitomo Rubber clarifies rubber biosynthesis

In a cooperative project with Tohoku University, Sumitomo Rubber scientists have found that three kinds of proteins play a role in the biosynthesis of natural rubber in Hevea, rubber transferase1 (HRT1), rubber elongation factor (REF) and HRT1-REF bridging protein (HRBP). HRT1 allows for the polymerization of rubber, HRBP helps HRT to combine with the particulate […]

Japanese team degrades lignin enzymatically to defined phenylpropanones

By combining recombinant enzymes from the deep sea marine bacterium Novosuphingovium MBES04 strain isolated from the wood chips sunk in Suruga Bay, with enzymes related to the selective cleavage reaction of major bonds in lignin from sphingomonads, lignin isolated from coniferous trees (Cryptomeria japonica) was transformed into guaiacylhydroxypropanone and syringyl hydroxypropanone, two platform chemicals. The […]

University of Tokyo team develops influenza B vaccine which can be quickly adapted to seasonal variants

The group of Yoshihiro KAWAKA has created a mutant virus library of various influenza B strains and selected mutants with high proliferation potential in cultured cells instead of chicken eggs. Next, they selected hyperproliferative virus mutants from this library which contained the major antigens prevalent outdoors. Such virus strain efficiently proliferated in cultured cells frequently […]

RIKEN names element 113 „Nihonium“ (Nh)

RIKEN’s Nishina Center for Accelerator Research, under group leader Kosuke MORITA, had announced the discovery of element 113 on Dec. 31st, 2015, and IUPAC, after certification of the discovery, had offered the right of naming to the discoverers. After public deliberation by IUPAC, their proposition was accepted to name element 113 „Nihonium“ (Nh) RIKEN news […]

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