|Kazuhiro Abe was named the winner at the 13th International ATPase Conference held in late September in Pacific Grove, Calif., and attended by Journal of Biological Chemistry Associate Editor Jerry Lingrel. Photo courtesy of Jlynn Frazier.
Pumped up about ATPases
Kazuhiro Abe, a postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University, won a Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herb Tabor Award for his studies of the molecular mechanisms of a P-type ATPase.
A native of Sapporo, Japan, Abe earned his Ph.D. at Hokkaido University under Kazuya Taniguchi. There, using classical kinetics and single-molecule fluorescence measurements, his thesis was on the mechanism of gastric H+/K+-ATPase. He subsequently moved to Kyoto University to work under Yoshinori Fujiyoshi and do structural work on H+/K+-ATPase.
“Gastric H+/K+-ATPase has the remarkable task of pumping protons,” Abe says. “But there are many remaining questions, and I do hope to be able to answer them in the near future -- from the structural and functional point of view.”