Kazunori Matsuura is a Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Prof. Yoshio Okahata). He joined Nagoya University as an Assistant Professor in 1996, and moved to Kyushu University as an Associate Professor in 2001. In 2006, he was selected as a researcher of JST PRESTO project “Structure Control and Function”. In 2012, he moved to Tottori University as a Full Professor. Prof. Matsuura received The Young Scientists’ Prize from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2008, the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science in 2012, The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work in 2016, and SPSJ Mitsubishi Chemical Award in 2019.

Major Publications

  1. K. Matsuura, J. Ota, S. Fujita, Y. Shiomi, and H. Inaba, "Construction of Ribonuclease-Decorated Artificial Virus-like Capsid by Peptide Self-assembly", J. Org. Chem., 85, 1668-1673 (2020).
  2. H. Inaba, T. Yamamoto, T. Iwasaki, A. Md. R. Kabir, A. Kakugo, K. Sada and K. Matsuura, "Stabilization of microtubules by encapsulation of the GFP using a Tau-derived peptide", Chem. Commun., 55, 9072–9075 (2019).
  3. H. Inaba, T. Yamamoto, T. Iwasaki, A. Md. R. Kabir, A. Kakugo, K. Sada and K. Matsuura, "Fluorescent Tau-derived Peptide for Monitoring Microtubules in Living Cells", ACS Omega, 4, 11245-11250 (2019).
  4. K. Matsuura and T. Honjo, "Artificial Viral Capsid dressed up with Human Serum Albumin", Bioconj. Chem., 30, 1636 -1641(2019).
  5. Y. Nakamura, H. Inaba, and K. Matsuura, "Construction of Artificial Viral Capsids Encapsulating Short DNAs via Disulfide Bonds and Controlled Release of DNAs by Reduction", Chem. Lett., 48, 544-546 (2019).
  6. H. Inaba, T. Yamamoto, A. Md. R. Kabir, A. Kakugo, K. Sada and K. Matsuura, "Molecular Encapsulation Inside Microtubules Based on Tau Derived Peptides", Chem. Eur. J., 24, 14958–14967 (2018).
  7. H. Inaba, A. Uemura, K. Morishita, T. Kohiki, A. Shigenaga, A. Otaka and K. Matsuura, "Light-induced propulsion of a giant liposome driven by peptide nanofibre growth", Scientific Reports, 8, Article number: 6243 (2018).
  8. S. Fujita, K. Matsuura, "Self-assembled artificial viral capsid bearing coiled-coils at the surface", Org. Biomol. Chem., 15, 5070–5077(2017).
  9. Y. Nakamura, S. Yamada, S. Nishikawa, and K. Matsuura, "DNA-modified Artificial Viral Capsids self-assembled from DNA-conjugated beta-Annulus Peptide", J. Pept. Sci., 23, 636-643 (2017).
  10. K. Matsuura, T. Nakamura, K. Watanabe, T. Noguchi, K. Minamihata, N. Kamiya, and N. Kimizuka, "Self-assembly of Ni-NTA-modified beta-Annulus Peptides into Artificial Viral Capsids and Encapsulation of His-tagged Proteins", Org. Biomol. Chem., 14, 7869–7874 (2016).
  11. S. Fujita and . Matsuura, "Encapsulation of CdTe Quantum Dots in Synthetic Viral Capsids", Chem. Lett., 45, 922-924 (2016).
  12. M. Furutani, A. Uemura, A. Shigenaga, C. Komiya, A. Otaka, and K. Matsuura, "A photoinduced growth system of peptide nanofibres addressed by DNA hybridization", Chem. Commun., 51, 8020-8022 (2015) .
  13. K. Matsuura, G. Ueno, S. Fujita, "Self-assembled Artificial Viral Capsid Decorated with Gold Nanoparticles", Polymer J., 47, 146-151 (2015).
  14. K. Matsuura, K. Watanabe, Y. Matsushita and N. Kimizuka, "Guest-Binding Behavior of Peptide Nanocapsules Self-assembled from Viral Peptide Fragments", Polymer J., 45(5), 529–534 (2013).
  15. K. Matsuura, H. Hayashi, K. Murasato, and N. Kimizuka, “Trigonal Tryptophane-Zipper as a Novel Building Block for pH-Responding Peptide Nano-assemblies”, Chem. Commun., 47, 265-267 (2011).
  16. K. Matsuura, K. Watanabe, K. Sakurai, T. Matsuzaki, and N. Kimizuka, “Synthetic Viral Capsid Self-assembled from a 24-mer Viral Peptide Fragment”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 9662-9665 (2010).
  17. K. Matsuura, H. Matsuyama, T.Fukuda, T. Teramoto, K. Watanabe, K. Murasato and N. Kimizuka, “Spontaneous Self-assembly of Nano-spheres from Trigonal Conjugate of Glutathione in Water”, Soft Matter, 5, 2463-2470 (2009).
  18. K. Murasato, K. Matsuura, and N. Kimizuka, “Self-assembly of Nanofiber with Uniform Width from Wheel-type Trigonal-β-sheet-forming Peptide”, Biomacromolecules, 9, 913-918 (2008).
  19. K. Matsuura, K. Masumoto, Y. Igami, T.Fujioka, and N. Kimizuka, “In situ Observation of Spherical DNA Assembly in Water and the Controlled Release of Bound Dyes”, Biomacromolecules, 8, 2726-2732 (2007).
  20. K. Matsuura, K. Murasato, and N. Kimizuka, “Artificial Peptide-nanospheres Self-assembled from Three-way Junctions of β-Sheet-forming Peptides”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 10148-10149 (2005).
  21. K. Matsuura, K. Hayashi, and K. Kobayashi, “On-off Switching of Gene Expression Regulated with Carbohydrate-Lectin interaction”, Biomacromolecules, 6, 2533-2540 (2005).
  22. K. Matsuura, R. Oda, H. Kitakouji, M. Kiso, K. Kitajima, and K. Kobayashi, “Surface Plasmon Resonance Study of Carbohydrate-Carbohydrate Interaction between Various Gangliosides and Gg3-Carrying Polystyrene”, Biomacromolecules, 5, 937-941(2004).
  23. K. Matsuura, M. Hibino, T. Ikeda, Y. Yamada, and K. Kobayashi, “Self-organized Glyco-clusters along DNA: Effect of the Spatial Arrangement of Galactoside Residues on Cooperative Lectin Recognition”, Chem. Eur. J., 10, 352-359 (2004).
  24. K. Matsuura, T. Yamashita, Y. Igami, and N. Kimizuka, “’Nucleo-Nanocages’: Designed Ternary Oligodeoxyribonucleotides Spontaneously Form Nanosized DNA Cages”, Chem. Commun., 376-377 (2003).

Contact address

Kazunori Matsuura, Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering
Tottori University
4-101 Koyama-Minami, Tottori, 680-8552, Japan
E-mail: ma2ra-k[at]chem.tottori-u.ac.jp (Please change [at] into @)

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