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Drug Discovery Imaging Platform Unit

* Due to the reorganization starting as new centers in April 2018, The research activities of this laboratory are handed over to the Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research. As for the latest information, please see the following URL below.
> The webpage of Laboratory for Pathophysiological and Health Science, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Unit Leader
Yasuyoshi Watanabe  M.D.,Ph.D

6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
Tel: +81-78-304-7101


Research Area

The Drug Discovery Imaging Platform Unit is advancing in vivo pharmacokinetic research of monkeys, marmosets, rats, mice, rabbits, and humans by utilizing molecular imaging technology focused on positron emission tomography (PET). Labeling technologies for molecular imaging probes guarantee in vivo observation time and improve tracing after metabolic breakdown. Also, with a view to clinical studies of microdoses, we aim to build new drug discovery processes, developing labeling and probes for drug candidate compounds, as well as utilizing mice-to-human streamlined molecular imaging techniques.

Main Publications List


Exploration of Antiemetics for Osteoporosis Therapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting Using PET Molecular Imaging Analysis to Gastrointestinal Pharmacokinetics

Shingaki T, Katayama Y, Nakaoka T, Takashima T, Onoe K, Okauchi T, Hayashinaka E, Wada Y, Cui Y, Watanabe Y.
Pharm Res., 33(5), 1235-1248 (2016).

Detection of cyclooxygenase-1 in activated microglia during amyloid plaque progression: PET studies in Alzheimer’s disease model mice.

Shukuri M, Mawatari A, Ohno M, Suzuki M, Doi H, Watanabe Y, Onoe H.
J Nucl Med, 57(2), 291-296 (2016).

Visualization of drug translocation in the nasal cavity and pharmacokinetic analysis on nasal drug absorption using positron emission tomography in the rat

Shingaki T, Katayama Y, Nakaoka T, Irie S, Onoe K, Okauchi T, Hayashinaka E, Yamaguchi M, Tanki N, Ose T, Hayashi T, Wada Y, Furubayashi T, Cui Y, Sakane T, Watanabe Y
Eur J Pharm Biopharm.,(99), 45-53 (2015).

Ni/Cu-Catalyzed Defluoroborylation of Fluoroarenes for Diverse C-F Bond Functionalizations

Niwa T, Ochiai H, Watanabe Y, Hosoya T
J Am Chem Soc, 137(45), 14313-14318 (2015).

Quantitative evaluation of mMate1 function based on minimally invasive measurement of tissue concentration using PET with [11C]Metformin in mouse.

Shingaki T, Hume WE, Takashima T, Katayama Y, Okauchi T, Hayashinaka E, Wada Y, Cui Y, Kusuhara H, Sugiyama Y, Watanabe Y.
Pharm Res, in press, (2015).

[11C]Cetrozole: an Improved C-[11C]Methylated PET Probe for Aromatase Imaging in the Brain.

Takahashi K, Hosoya T, Onoe K, Doi H, Nagata H, Hiramatsu T, Li XL, Watanabe Y, Wada Y, Takashima T, Suzuki M, Onoe H, Watanabe Y.
J Nucl Med, 55(5), 852-857 (2014).

PET Imaging Analysis with 64Cu in Disulfiram Treatment for Aberrant Copper Bio-distribution in Menkes Disease Mouse Model

Nomura S, Nozaki S, Hamazaki T, Takeda T, Ninomiya E, Kudo S, Hayashinaka E, Wada Y, Hiroki T, Fujisawa C, Kodama H, Shintaku H, Watanabe Y.
J Nucl Med, 55(5), 845-851 (2014).

Quantitative evaluation of the improvement in the pharmacokinetics of a nucleic acid drug delivery system by dynamic PET imaging with F-18-incorporated oligodeoxynucleotides

Mukai H, Ozaki D, Cui Y, Kuboyama T, Yamato-Nagata H, Onoe K, Takahashi M, Wada Y, Imanishi T, Kodama T, Obika S, Suzuki M, Doi H, Watanabe Y.
J Control Release, 180, 92-99 (2014).

The synthesis and biodistribution of [C-11]metformin as a PET probe to study hepatobiliary transport mediated by the multi-drug and toxin extrusion transporter 1 (MATE1) in vivo

Hume WE, Shingaki T, Takashima T, Hashizume Y, Okauchi T, Katayama Y, Hayashinaka E, Wada Y, Kusuhara H, Sugiyama Y, Watanabe Y.
Bioorg Med Chem, 21(24), 7584-7590 (2013).

Member  *concurrent

CLST was reorganized into three centers according to the RIKEN 4th Medium-Term Plan from April 1, 2018. For the latest information of Drug Discovery Imaging Platform Unit, please visit the following websites.

> The webpage of Laboratory for Pathophysiological and Health Science, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research [http://www.bdr.riken.jp/en/research/labs/watanabe-y-health/index.html]