POLYMERS Vol.58@No.3 January 2009
POLYMERS@Vol.58@No.3
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COVER STORY
Polymers that Function within a Cell
Cellular phenomena are maintained by interactions of various macromolecules, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleotides, together with other small molecules and ions in the tiny space of a cell. Biofunctional polymers, which control cellular phenomena through interaction with intracellular molecules or generate functions at a specific site of a cell or in a particular environment of a cell, could not only contribute to the elucidation of cellular phenomena, but also lead to the development of new functional materials for biotechnology, medicine and their related fields. This special issue features current topics of researches about polymers that function within a cell and their possibilities in the future.
iEditors: KONO, AKIYOSHI and KAWAKAMIj
Commentary
Trials for Spatio-temporal Control of Intracellular Nano-world Toshihiro AKAIKE
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Hot Topics in Polymer Science in Japan
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Polymer Science and I: A Personal Account
Nothing Becomes Reality Unless it is Experienced Sadahiro MASUO
120

COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Regulation of Cellular Function by Viral Vectors Mahito NAKANISHI
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Genetically Encoded Fluorescent and Bioluminescent Indicator for Cellular Signaling Asami KAIHARA
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Polymers to Regulate Cell Functions for Regenerative Medicine Yoshihiro ITO, Takashi KITAJIMA and Hiroshi ABE
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The Significance and Attempt to Establish the Intracellular Targeting on Gene Delivery System Shinji KAKIMOTO and Takeshi NAGASAKI
133

Glossary for Highlight Reviews
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COVER STORY: Topics and Products
Polyion Complex to Synchronize Gene Release with Cellular Recognition Shoichiro ASAYAMA
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RNA Delivery using Cell-Permeable RNA-Binding Protein Takashi OHTSUKI
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In Cell Nucleic Acid Sensing Shinsuke SANDO
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Smart PEGylated Nanogel Particles for Apoptosis Imaging Motoi OISHI
144

Front-Line Polymer Science
Amphiphilic Polymers in Aqueous Solution Akihito HASHIDZUME and Takahiro SATO
146

Messages: “Work and Life”
Return From Nightmare Shigeki MITAKU
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What I thought at JAPAN-USA Seminar on Polymer Synthesis Kyoko NOZAKI
152

Messages from SPSJ
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