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Daisuke Mizuno Last modified date:2024.05.01

Professor / material physics
Department of Physics
Faculty of Sciences

Graduate School

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Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
biological physics, softmatter, biorheology
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
research: biological soft matter, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of life
Research Interests
  • non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of life
    keyword : nonequilibrium mechanics, emergent properties of living systems, complex systems
  • Nonequilibrium mechanics and fluctuation
    Active gels, active glass, dense active matter
    keyword : microrehology, nanobiology, biomechanics, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, active gel, cancer, neuron,glycoprotein
Academic Activities
1. Katsuhiro Umeda, Kenji Nishizawa, Wataru Nagao, Shono Inokuchi, Yujiro Sugino, Hiroyuki Ebata, Daisuke Mizuno, Activity-dependent glassy cell mechanics II: Nonthermal fluctuations under metabolic activity, Biophysical Journal, 10.1016/j.bpj.2023.10.018, 122, 22, 4395-4413, 2023.11.
2. H. Ebata, K. Umeda, K. Nishizawa, W. Nagao, S. Inokuchi, Y. Sugino, T. Miyamoto, and D. Mizuno, Activity-dependent glassy cell mechanics Ⅰ:
Mechanical properties measured with active microrheology
, Biophysical Journal, 10.1016/j.bpj.2023.04.011, 122, 10, 1781-1793, 2023.06, [URL], Active microrheology was conducted in living cells by applying an optical-trapping force to vigorously-fluctuating tracer beads with feedback-tracking technology. The complex shear modulus G(\omega)=G'(\omega)-iG''(\omega) was measured in HeLa cells in an epithelial-like confluent monolayer. We found that G(\omega)\propto(-i\omega)^\frac{1}{2} over a wide range of frequencies (1 Hz
3. N Honda, K Shiraki, F van Esterik, S Inokuchi, H Ebata, D Mizuno, Nonlinear master relation in microscopic mechanical response of semiflexible biopolymer networks, New Journal of Physics, 10.1088/1367-2630/ac6902, 24, 5, 053031-053031, 2022.05, Abstract

A network of semiflexible biopolymers, known as the cytoskeleton, and molecular motors play fundamental mechanical roles in cellular activities. The cytoskeletal response to forces generated by molecular motors is profoundly linked to physiological processes. However, owing to the highly nonlinear mechanical properties, the cytoskeletal response on the microscopic level is largely elusive. The aim of this study is to investigate the microscopic mechanical response of semiflexible biopolymer networks by conducting microrheology (MR) experiments. Micrometer-sized colloidal particles, embedded in semiflexible biopolymer networks, were forced beyond the linear regime at a variety of conditions by using feedback-controlled optical trapping. This high-bandwidth MR technology revealed an affine elastic response, which showed stiffening upon local forcing. After scaling the stiffening behaviors, with parameters describing semiflexible networks, a collapse onto a single master curve was observed. The physics underlying the general microscopic response is presented to justify the collapse, and its potentials/implications to elucidate cell mechanics is discussed..
4. T. Ariga, M. Tomishige, and D. Mizuno, Nonequilibrium Energetics of Molecular Motor Kinesin, Physical Review Letters, 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.218101, 121, 218101 , 2018.11, Nonequilibrium energetics of single molecule translational motor kinesin was investigated by measuring heat dissipation from the violation of the fluctuation-response relation of a probe attached to the motor using optical tweezers. The sum of the dissipation and work did not amount to the input free energy change, indicating large hidden dissipation exists. Possible sources of the hidden dissipation were explored by analyzing the Langevin dynamics of the probe, which incorporates the two-state Markov stepper as a kinesin model. We conclude that internal dissipation is dominant..
5. Kenji Nishizawa, Kei Fujiwara, Masahiro Ikenaga, Nobushige Nakajo, Miho Yanagisawa, Daisuke Mizuno, Universal glass-forming behavior of in vitro and living cytoplasm, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 10.1038/s41598-017-14883-y, 7, 1, 15143-15143, 2017.11, Physiological processes in cells are performed efficiently without getting jammed although cytoplasm is highly crowded with various macromolecules. Elucidating the physical machinery is challenging because the interior of a cell is so complex and driven far from equilibrium by metabolic activities. Here, we studied the mechanics of in vitro and living cytoplasm using the particle-tracking and manipulation technique. The molecular crowding effect on cytoplasmic mechanics was selectively studied by preparing simple in vitro models of cytoplasm from which both the metabolism and cytoskeletons were removed. We obtained direct evidence of the cytoplasmic glass transition; a dramatic increase in viscosity upon crowding quantitatively conformed to the super-Arrhenius formula, which is typical for fragile colloidal suspensions close to jamming. Furthermore, the glass-forming behaviors were found to be universally conserved in all the cytoplasm samples that originated from different species and developmental stages; they showed the same tendency for diverging at the macromolecule concentrations relevant for living cells. Notably, such fragile behavior disappeared in metabolically active living cells whose viscosity showed a genuine Arrhenius increase as in typical strong glass formers. Being actively driven by metabolism, the living cytoplasm forms glass that is fundamentally different from that of its non-living counterpart..
6. Kenji Nishizawa, Marcel Bremerich, Heev Ayade, Christoph F. Schmidt, Takayuki Ariga, Daisuke Mizuno, Feedback-tracking microrheology in living cells, Science Advances, 10.1126/sciadv.1700318, 3, 9, e1700318-e1700318, 2017.09, Living cells are composed of active materials, in which forces are generated by the energy derived from metabolism. Forces and structures self-organize to shape the cell and drive its dynamic functions. Understanding the out-of-equilibrium mechanics is challenging because constituent materials, the cytoskeleton and the cytosol, are extraordinarily heterogeneous, and their physical properties are strongly affected by the internally generated forces. We have analyzed dynamics inside two types of eukaryotic cells, fibroblasts and epithelial-like HeLa cells, with simultaneous active and passive microrheology using laser interferometry and optical trapping technology. We developed a method to track microscopic probes stably in cells in the presence of vigorous cytoplasmic fluctuations, by using smooth three-dimensional (3D) feedback of a piezo-actuated sample stage. To interpret the data, we present a theory that adapts the fluctuation-dissipation theorem (FDT) to out-of-equilibrium systems that are subjected to positional feedback, which introduces an additional nonequilibrium effect. We discuss the interplay between material properties and nonthermal force fluctuations in the living cells that we quantify through the violations of the FDT. In adherent fibroblasts, we observed a well-known polymer network viscoelastic response where the complex shear modulus scales as G* ∝ (-iω)3/4. In the more 3D confluent epithelial cells, we found glassy mechanics with G* ∝ (-iω)1/2 that we attribute to glassy dynamics in the cytosol. The glassy state in living cells shows characteristics that appear distinct from classical glasses and unique to nonequilibrium materials that are activated by molecular motors..
7. Irwin Zaid, Daisuke Mizuno, Analytical Limit Distributions from Random Power-Law Interactions, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.030602, 117, 3, 030602-030602, 2016.07, Nature is full of power-law interactions, e.g., gravity, electrostatics, and hydrodynamics. When sources of such fields are randomly distributed in space, the superposed interaction, which is what we observe, is naively expected to follow a Gauss or Levy distribution. Here, we present an analytic expression for the actual distributions that converge to novel limits that are in between these already-known limit distributions, depending on physical parameters, such as the concentration of field sources and the size of the probe used to measure the interactions. By comparing with numerical simulations, the origin of non-Gauss and non-Levy distributions are theoretically articulated..
8. Daisuke Mizuno, Suguru Kinoshita, Lara Gay Villaruz, High-frequency affine mechanics and nonaffine relaxation in a model cytoskeleton, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 10.1103/PhysRevE.89.042711, 89, 4, 2014.04, The cytoskeleton is a network of crosslinked, semiflexible filaments, and it has been suggested that it has properties of a glassy state. Here we employ optical-trap-based microrheology to apply forces to a model cytoskeleton and measure the high-bandwidth response at an anterior point. Simulating the highly nonlinear and anisotropic stress-strain propagation assuming affinity, we found that theoretical predictions for the quasistatic response of semiflexible polymers are only realized at high frequencies inaccessible to conventional rheometers. We give a theoretical basis for determining the frequency when both affinity and quasistaticity are valid, and we discuss with experimental evidence that the relaxations at lower frequencies can be characterized by the experimentally obtained nonaffinity parameter..
9. T. Toyota, D. A. Head, C. F. Schmidt and D. Mizuno , Non-Gaussian athermal fluctuations in active gels, Soft Matter, 10.1039/c0sm00925c , 7, 7 , 3234-3239 , 2011.04.
10. D. Mizuno, R. G. Bacabac, C. Tardin, D. Head, C. F. Schmidt, High-resolution probing of cellular force transmission, Physical Review letters, 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.168102 , 102, 16 , 168102 , 2009.08.
11. Daisuke Mizuno, Rommel Bacabac, Catherine Tardin, David Head, Christoph F. Schmidt, High-Resolution Probing of Cellular Force Transmission, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.168102, 102, 16, 168102-168102, 2009.04, Cells actively probe mechanical properties of their environment by exerting internally generated forces. The response they encounter profoundly affects their behavior. Here we measure in a simple geometry the forces a cell exerts suspended by two optical traps. Our assay quantifies both the overall force and the fraction of that force transmitted to the environment. Mimicking environments of varying stiffness by adjusting the strength of the traps, we found that the force transmission is highly dependent on external compliance. This suggests a calibration mechanism for cellular mechanosensing..
12. D. Mizuno, C. Tardin, C. F. Schmidt, and F. C. MacKintosh , Nonequilibrium mechanics of active cytoskeletal networks
, Science, 10.1126/science.1134404 , 315 , 5810 , 370-373 , 2007.01.
13. Daisuke Mizuno, Catherine Tardin, C. F. Schmidt, F. C. MacKintosh, Nonequilibrium mechanics of active cytoskeletal networks, SCIENCE, 10.1126/science.1134404, 315, 5810, 370-373, 2007.01, Cells both actively generate and sensitively react to forces through their mechanical framework, the cytoskeleton, which is a nonequilibrium composite material including polymers and motor proteins. We measured the dynamics and mechanical properties of a simple three-component model system consisting of myosin II, actin filaments, and cross-linkers. In this system, stresses arising from motor activity controlled the cytoskeletal network mechanics, increasing stiffness by a factor of nearly 100 and qualitatively changing the viscoelastic response of the network in an adenosine triphosphate-dependent manner. We present a quantitative theoretical model connecting the large-scale properties of this active gel to molecular force generation..
1. Daisuke Mizuno, Levy statistics and dynamics in active cytoskeletons, 2013 SPP Physics Congress, 2013.10.
2. Daisuke Mizuno, Levy statistics and dynamics in active cytoskeletons, Taiwan International Workshop on Biological Physics and Complex Systems (BioComplex-Taiwan-2013), 2013.07.
3. Daisuke Mizuno, Heev Ayade, Non-Gauss a-thermal fluctuations in active cytoskeletons, Biological & Pharmaceutical Complex Fluids: New Trends in Characterizing Microstructure, Interactions & Properties An ECI Conference, 2012.08.
Membership in Academic Society
  • biophysical socioety