Centers & Labs

RIKEN BioResource Research Center

Resource Advancement Unit

Unit Leader: Kaoru Saijo

"Cell Engineering Division in RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC)" was originally organized as the "RIKEN Cell Bank" in 1987. It is a unique, not-for-profit public organization for deposit, standardization, preservation, and distribution of cultured animal cell lines produced by life science community. "Resource Advancement Unit of the Cell Division in RIKEN-BRC" works to distribute cultured animal cell lines to the domestic and overseas scientists.

Main Research Field



  • bioresouce
  • quality control
  • tissue culture

Selected Publications

  1. Sarntivijai,S., Lin, Y., Xiang, Z., Meehan, F T., Diehl, D A., Vempati, D U., Schürer, C S., Pang, C., Malone, J., Parkinson, H., Liu, Y., Takatsuki, T., Saijo, K., Masuya, H., Nakamura, Y., Brush, H M., Haendel, A M., Zheng, J., Stoeckert, J C., Peters, B., Mungall, J C., Carey, E T., States, J D., Athey, D B., and He, Y.:
    "CLO: The cell line ontology"
    J Biomed Semantics. 5, 37. (2014)
  2. Sudo,K., Kurita, R., Furuwatari, M., Saijo, K. and Nakamura, Y.
    "Fetal organ-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells have ability to support in vitro and in vivo hematopoiesis"
    Experimental Hematology 41, S74. (2013)
  3. Danjoh, I., Saijo, K., Hiroyama, T. and Nakamura, Y.
    "The Sonoda-Tajima Cell Collection: a human genetics research resource with emphasis on South American indigenous populations."
    Genome Biol Evol. 3, 272-83, (2011)
  4. Yamamotoa. T., Gomyoda, T., Ito, T., Saijo, K., Danjoh, I. and Nakamura, Y.
    "Family selection study among DNA samples collected from Amerindian ethnic group (Wayuu) in northern Colombia"
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 3, e234-e235, (2011)
  5. Yoshino, K., Saijo, K., Noro, C. Nakamura, and Nakamura, Y.
    "Development of a Simple Method to Determine the Mouse Strain from Which Cultured Cell Lines Originated"
    Interdisciplinary Bio Central 2, 14.1-14.9, (2010)
  6. Danjoh, I., Sone, H., Noda, N., Iimura, E., Nagayoshi, M., Saijo, K., Hiroyama, T. and Nakamura, Y.
    "Is parainfluenza virus a threatening virus for human cancer cell lines?"
    Hum Cell. 22, 81-4, (2009)
  7. Sudo, K., Kanno, M., Miharada, K., Ogawa, S., Hiroyama, T., Saijo, K. and Nakamura, Y.
    "Mesenchymal progenitors able to differentiate into osteogenic, chondrogenic, and/or adipogenic cells in vitro are present in most primary fibroblast-like cell populations."
    Stem Cells. 25, 1610-7. (2007)
  8. Yoshino, K., Iimura, E., Saijo. K., Iwase, S., Fukami, K., Ohno, T., Obata, Y. and Nakamura, Y.
    "Essential role for gene profiling analysis in the authentication of human cell lines."
    Hum Cell. 19, 43-8, (2006)
  9. Liu , S Q., Shiraiwa, H., Kawai, K., Hayashi, H., Akaza, H., Kim, B S., Oki, A., Nishida, M., Kubo, T., Hashizaki, K., Saijo, K., and Ohno T.
    "Tumor-specific autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes from tissue sections."
    Nat Med. 2, 1283, (1996)
  10. Liu, S Q., Saijo, K,, Todoroki ,T. and Ohno T.
    "Induction of human autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes on formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tumour sections."
    Nat Med.1,267-71, (1995)

Contact information

3-1-1 Koyadai
Tsukuba, Ibaraki
305-0074, Japan

Email: kaoru.saijo [at]