Biological Motors

Hajime Honda

Hajime Honda

We are interested in how living bodies move. The ways they move are significantly different from those of artificial ones. We have succeeded to observe the movement of a single filament of biological motor proteins in aqueous solutions. The filaments move as if they are living (!) even though they are just a sort of proteins. To understand the detailed mechanism of their motion should be a key to understand the life itself. Recently, we have combined distinguishing characters of motor proteins to an electric large-scale integrated circuit (LSI) to make novel bio-devices. The devices could work in a femto liter volume level (10x10-15 ℓ) and be useful to monitor the mental conditions in our everyday life.

  1. Understanding molecular mechanisms of biological motility
  2. Development of bio-devices fusing motor proteins and LSI