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Hiroshi Ito Last modified date:2023.12.21

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Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Chronobiology, Nonlinear dynamics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Our group is working on biological rhythms based on theoretical and experimental approaches. We aim to
- clarify the universality of cold response of circadian clock among cyanobacteria, plants, and insects,
- measure the precision of period of individual cyanobacterial circadian clock,
- compare the difference between ultradian and circadian rhythms.

I an in charge of the course for basic programming and the one for basics of dynamical systems for undergraduate students, and mathematical modeling in biology for graduate school.

Social activity:
I am one of the organizers of Geiko art and science cafe.
Research Interests
  • Physiology of cyanobacterial circadian rhythms.
    keyword : Biological rhythms, Synchronization, Cyanobacteria
Academic Activities
1. Hiroshi Ito, Theoretical aspects of temperature effect on cyanobacterial circadian clock in Cyanobacterial Physiology From Fundamentals to Biotechnology, 2022.05.
2. Ito H, Murayama Y, Kawamoto N, Seki M Iwasaki, H., Circadian Rhythms in Bacteria and Microbiomes, 2021.06, Damped Oscillation in the Cyanobacterial Clock System.
3. Ito H, Dynamics of Circadian Oscillation in the SCN, 2014.06, A reconsideration of loss of circadian rhythms under low temperature conditions.
1. Motohide Seki, Hiroshi Ito, Evolution of self-sustained circadian rhythms is facilitated by seasonal change of daylight, 10.1098/rspb.2022.0577, 2022.11.
2. Takuma Sugi, Hiroshi Ito, Masaki Nishimura, Ken H. Nagai, C. elegans collectively forms dynamical networks, Nature communications, 10.1038/s41467-019-08537-y, 10, 1, 2019.01, Understanding physical rules underlying collective motions requires perturbation of controllable parameters in self-propelled particles. However, controlling parameters in animals is generally not easy, which makes collective behaviours of animals elusive. Here, we report an experimental system in which a conventional model animal, Caenorhabditis elegans, collectively forms dynamical networks of bundle-shaped aggregates. We investigate the dependence of our experimental system on various extrinsic parameters (material of substrate, ambient humidity and density of worms). Taking advantage of well-established C. elegans genetics, we also control intrinsic parameters (genetically determined motility) by mutations and by forced neural activation via optogenetics. Furthermore, we develop a minimal agent-based model that reproduces the dynamical network formation and its dependence on the parameters, suggesting that the key factors are alignment of worms after collision and smooth turning. Our findings imply that the concepts of active matter physics may help us to understand biological functions of animal groups..
3. Murayama Y, Kori H, Oshima C, Kondo T, Iwasaki H, Ito H, Low temperature nullifies the circadian clock in cyanobacteria through Hopf bifurcation, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 114, 5641-5646, 2017.05, Cold temperatures lead to nullification of circadian rhythms in many organisms. Two typical scenarios explain the disappearance of rhythmicity: the first is oscillation death, which is the transition from self-sustained oscillation to damped oscillation that occurs at a critical temperature. The second scenario is oscillation arrest, in which oscillation terminates at a certain phase. In the field of nonlinear dynamics, these mechanisms are called the Hopf bifurcation and the saddle-node on an invariant circle bifurcation, respectively. Although these mechanisms lead to distinct dynamical properties near the critical temperature, it is unclear to which scenario the circadian clock belongs. Here we reduced the temperature to dampen the reconstituted circadian rhythm of phosphorylation of the recombinant cyanobacterial clock protein KaiC. The data led us to conclude that Hopf bifurcation occurred at ∼19 °C. Below this critical temperature, the self-sustained rhythms of KaiC phosphorylation transformed to damped oscillations, which are predicted by the Hopf bifurcation theory. Moreover, we detected resonant oscillations below the critical temperature when temperature was periodically varied, which was reproduced by numerical simulations. Our findings suggest that the transition to a damped oscillation through Hopf bifurcation contributes to maintaining the circadian rhythm of cyanobacteria through resonance at cold temperatures..
4. Shingo Gibo, Hiroshi Ito, Discrete and ultradiscrete models for biological rhythms comprising a simple negative feedback loop, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2015.05.
5. Nakajima M*, Ito H*, Kondo T.(*Equally contributed), In vitro regulation of circadian phosphorylation rhythm of cyanobacterial clock protein KaiC by KaiA and KaiB, FEBS Letters, 10.1016/j.febslet.2010.01.016, 584, 898-902, 2010.01.
6. Ito H*, Mutsuda M, Murayama Y, Tomita J, Hosokawa N, Terauchi K, Sugita C, Sugita M, Kondo T, Iwasaki H*. (*Equally contributed), Cyanobacterial daily life with Kai-based circadian and diurnal genome-wide transcriptional control in Synechococcus elongatus., Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences , 10.1073/pnas.0902587106, 106 (2009), 14168-14173, 2011.07.
7. Ito H, Kageyama H, Mutsuda M, Nakajima M, Oyama T, Kondo T., Autonomous synchronization of the circadian KaiC phosphorylation rhythm, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, 10.1038/nsmb1312, 14, 1084-1088, 2007.11.
8. Yoshida T*, Murayama Y*, Ito H*, Kageyama H, Kondo T. (*Equally contributed), Non-parametric entrainment of the in vitro circadian phosphorylation rhythm of cyanobacterial KaiC by temperature cycle
, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 10.1073/pnas.0806741106, 106, 1648-1653, 2009.01.
1. Hiroshi Ito, Fabrication of Biological Rhythms and Patterns, ReCAPS 10th Anniversary Seminar, 2023.11.
2. Hiroshi Ito, Fabrication of biological oscillators and patterns, Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, 2023.06.
3. 伊藤浩史, Enhancement of circadian amplitude via resonance

, circadian clock of cyanobacteria during 1991-2017, 2017.03.
4. 伊藤浩史, Cyanobacterial circadian clock is nullified by low temperature through Hopf bifurcation, JSMB/SMB 2014, 2014.07.
5. 伊藤浩史, Cyanobacterial circadian rhythms are nullified under low temperature conditions via Hopf bifurcation
, Q-bio winter, 2013.02.
6. 伊藤浩史, Cyanobacterial circadian rhythms are nullified under low temperature conditions via Hopf bifurcation
, AROB 2013, 2013.01.