Masato Nakafuku, MD, PhD

Ohio Eminent Scholar

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-9389

Fax 513-636-4317


Development and regeneration of the central nervous system (CNS); therapeutic strategies for neurological diseases

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PhD: Graduate School of Medical Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1988.

MD: The University of Kanazawa School of Medicine, Japan, 1984.

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Pei Z, Wang B, Chen G, Nagao M, Nakafuku M, Campbell K. Homeobox genes Gsx1 and Gsx2 differentially regulate telencephalic progenitor maturation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jan 25;108(4):1675-80.

Shereen A, Nemkul N, Yang D, Adhami F, Dunn RS, Hazen ML, Nakafuku M, Ning G, Lindquist DM, Kuan CY. Ex vivo diffusion tensor imaging and neuropathological correlation in a murine model of hypoxia-ischemia-induced thrombotic stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2010 Dec 8.

Nagao M, Campbell K, Burns K, Kuan CY, Trumpp A, Nakafuku M. Coordinated control of self-renewal and differentiation of neural stem cells by Myc and the p19ARF-p53 pathway. J Cell Biol. 2008 Dec 29;183(7):1243-57.

Sugimori M, Nagao M, Parras CM, Nakatani H, Lebel M, Guillemot F, Nakafuku M. Ascl1 is required for oligodendrocyte development in the spinal cord.Development. 2008 Apr;135(7):1271-81.

Nakafuku M, Nagao M, Grande A, Cancelliere A. Revisiting neural stem cell identity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jan 22;105(3):829-30.

Kim HJ, Sugimori M, Nakafuku M, Svendsen CN. Control of neurogenesis and tyrosine hydroxylase expression in neural progenitor cells through bHLH proteins and Nurr1. Exp Neurol. 2007 203:394-405.

Nagao M, Sugimori M, Nakafuku M. Cross talk between notch and growth factor/cytokine signaling pathways in neural stem cells. Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Jun;27(11):3982-94.

Parras CM, Hunt C, Sugimori M, Nakafuku M, Rowitch D, Guillemot F. The proneural gene Mash1 specifies an early population of telencephalic oligodendrocytes. J Neurosci. 2007  27:4233-4242.

Sugimori M, Nagao M, Bertrand N, Parras CM, Guillemot F, Nakafuku M. Combinatorial actions of patterning and HLH transcription factors in the spatiotemporal control of neurogenesis and gliogenesis in the developing spinal cord. Development. 2007 Apr;134(8):1617-29.

Ohori Y, Yamamoto S, Nagao M, Sugimori M, Yamamoto N, Nakamura K, Nakafuku M. Growth factor treatment and genetic manipulation stimulate neurogenesis and oligodendrogenesis by endogenous neural progenitors in the injured adult spinal cord. J Neurosci. 2006 Nov 15;26(46):11948-60.