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Shotaro Nishimura Last modified date:2020.06.16

Associate Professor / Animal & Mairne Biosciences
Department of Bioresource Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Field of Specialization
Animal Science, Functional Anatomy
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
The liver is the largest exocrine gland in animals and is utilized as a nutrient-rich food of various livestock products. As the liver is also one of the soft organs in the body, it needs a supporting structure for its morphological conservation and strength. In the parenchyma, it is well known that liver tissue consists of hepatic lobules and these units are morphologically partitioned by the interlobular connective tissue layer known as Glisson's sheath. The sheath develops differently between animal species and usually clearly defines the hepatic lobules in mammals, but not in the chicken liver owing to the poor connective tissue partitions. Although many studies have investigated the characteristics of ECM components in the liver in humans or experimental rodents, there is little information about the characteristics of collagen fiber constructions in the domestic animals. The aim of this study is to clarify the characteristics of three-dimensional architecture of the collagen fibrillar network and its morphogenetic mechanism in the liver of domestic animals .

(Undergraduate school)
Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals
Anatomical Exercise of Domestic Animals
Basic Biology Experiment
Graduation Thesis Research
Research Interests
  • Function and morphology of the cytokeratin-immunoreactive cells in the chicken pituitary gland.
    keyword : chicken, pituitary gland, cytokeratin, folliculo-stellate cells, immunohistochemistry
  • Three-dimensional architecture of the collagen fiber network in the liber tissue of domestic animals.
    keyword : liver, collagen, three-dimensional network
  • The morphogenesis of the collagen network in the adenohypophysis of domestic animals.
    keyword : pituitary, collagen, three-dimensional architecture
  • The distribution of the melanocytes in the Silky fowl.
    keyword : Silky, melanocyte
  • Embryogenesis of the adenohypophyseal endocrine cells.
    keyword : adenohypophysis, embryo genesis, differentiation
Academic Activities
1. Nishimura S, Teshima A, Kawabata F, Tabata S., Estradiol inhibits hepatic stellate cell area and collagen synthesis in the chicken liver, Animal Science Journal, 88, 1827-1834, 2017.11.
2. Nishimura S, Yamashita M, Kaneko T, Kawabata F, Tabata S., Cytokeratin-positive folliculo-stellate cells in the chicken adenohypophysis, Animal Science Journal, 88, 88, 1835-1841, 2017.11.
3. Nishimura, S., A.Teshima, V.S.Chowdhury and S.Tabata, Changes in collagen fiber content and hepatic stellate cell distribution in the liver of chick embryos and growing chickens., Animal Science Journal, 83, 6, 499-503, 2012.06.
4. Nishimura, S., A.Sagara, A.Teshima and S.Tabata, The comparison of the collagen fiber contents and hepatic stellate cell distribution in male and female chicken livers., Animal Science Journal, 82, 6, 759-763, 2011.12.
5. Nishimura, S., A.Sagara, I.Oshima, Y.Ono, H.Iwamoto, K.Okano, H.Miyachi and S.Tabata, Immunohistochemical and scanning electron microscopic comparison of the collagen network constructions between pig, goat and chicken livers., Animal Science Journal, 80: 451-459, 2009.08.
6. Nishimura, S., I.Oshima, Y.Ono, S.Tabata, A.Ishibashi and H.Iwamoto, Age-related changes in the intramuscular distribution of melanocytes in the Silky fowl., British Poultry Science, 47(4):426-432., 2006.08.
7. Nishimura,S., M.Ootsu, I.Oshima, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto, Scanning electron microscopic comparison of the three-dimensional collagen architectures in rat, pig and chicken adenohypophyses., J.Fac.Agr.,Kyushu Univ., 51(1), 121-124., 2006.02.
8. Nishimura, S., H.Shimoda, I.Oshima, Y.Ono, K.Okano, A.Ishibashi, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto, Proportions of melanocyte stimulating hormone-immunoreactive cells in the adenohypophysis of Silky and hyperpigmentation-free cockerels., Animal Science Journal, 10.1111/j.1740-0929.2005.00306.x, 76, 6, 575-579, 76:575-579, 2005.12.
9. Fu, X., S.Nishimura and T.E.Porter, Evidence that lactotrophs do not differentiate directly from somatotrophs during chick embryonic development., Journal of Endocrinology, 10.1677/joe.1.05799, 183, 2, 417-425, 183:417-425, 2004.11.
10. Bossis, I., S.Nishimura, M.Muchow and T.E.Porter, Pituitary expression of type I and type II glucocorticoid receptors during chicken embryonic development and their involvement in growth hormone cell differentiation., Endocrinology, 10.1210/en.2004-0155, 145, 7, 3523-3531, 145(7):3523-3531., 2004.07.
11. Nishimura, S., S.Tabata, Y.-N.Nakamura, K.Okano and H.Iwamoto, Three-dimensional architecture and distribution of collagen components in the goat hypophysis., The Anatomical Record, 10.1002/ar.a.20014, 277A, 2, 275-286, 277A:275-286., 2004.04.
12. Nishimura S., K.Ikeda, K.Okano, T.Gotoh, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto, Proportional changes of somatotrophs, mammotrophs and somatomammotrophs induced by cessation of lactation in female goat adenohypophysis., Animal Science Journal, 72:32-38., 2001.01.
13. Nishimura S., K.Okano, K.Yasukouchi, T.Gotoh, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto, Testis Developments and puberty in the male Tokara (Japanese native) goat., Animal Reproduction Science, 10.1016/S0378-4320(00)00197-4, 64, 1-2, 127-131, 64:127-131., 2000.01.
1. Miyu Yamashita, Shotaro Nishimura, Takane Kaneko, Fuminori Kawabata, Shoji Tabata, Folliculo-stellate cells produce a basal lamina component in the chicken adenohypophysis, The 17th AAAP Animal Science Congress, 2016.08.
2. Nishimura S., A.Teshima, S.Funatsu, H.Miyachi, V.S.Chowdhury and S.Tabata, Does oestradiol inhibit the collagen synthesis in the chicken liver?, 10th International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology (ISAE2012), 2012.06.
3. An attempt of the three-dimensional culture of chicken adenohypophyseal cells using collagen fiber network of the liver..
4. Nishimura, S., M.Nagata, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto,Embryonic development of collagen architecture in chicken adenohypophysis. The 7th Joint Meeting of the Histochemistry Society & the Japan Society of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, Hawaii, 2006.08.
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6. Nishimura, S., T.E.Porter, S.Tabata and H.Iwamoto,The Effect of Progesterone on Lactotroph and Somatotroph Abundance in Female Rat Pituitary Cells In Vitro. The Endocrine Society's 85th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2003.06..
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Poultry Science Association
  • Japanese Society of Animal Science
  • Warm Regional Society of Animal Science, Japan
Educational Activities
[Undergraduate school]
Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals
Anatomical Exercise of Domestic Animals
Basic Biology Experiment
Graduation Thesis Research
Animal and Marine Life Science

[Graduate school]
Advanced Lecture on Animal Functional Biology
Advanced Lecture on Animal Developmental Biology
Animal & Marine Bioresource Sciences