Original Papers

  1. Maksimovic, S.*, Nakatani, M.*, Baba, Y.*, Nelson, A.M., Marshall, K.L., Wellnitz, S.A., Firozi, P., Woo, S., Ranade, S., Patapoutian, A., Lumpkin, E.A. Epidermal Merkel cells are mechanosensory cells that tune mammalian touch receptors. Nature, 509, pp 617-621, 2014. PMID: 24717432. doi:10.1038/nature13250(* Equal contribution)
  2. Kumamoto, J.*, Nakatani, M.*, Tsutsumi, M., Goto, M., Denda, S., Takei, K., Denda, M. Coculture system of keratinocytes and dorsal-root-ganglion-derived cells for screening neurotrophic factors involved in guidance of neuronal axon growth in the skin. Exp Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 23(1), pp 58-60, 2014. PMID: 24267269. (*Equal contribution)
  3. Ikeyama, K., Nakatani, M., Kumamoto, J, Denda, M., Distinct intracellular calcium responses of individual cultured human keratinocytes to air pressure changes.  Skin Res Technol. 2013 (Epub ahead of print). PMID: 23590614.
  4. Tsutsumi, M., Nakatani, M., Kumamoto, J., Denda, S., Denda, M., In vitro formation of organized structure between keratinocytes and dorsal-root-ganglion cells. Exp Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 21(11), pp 886-888, 2012. Epub ahead. PMID: 22970777.
  5. Nakatani, M., Fukuda, T., Sasamoto, H., Arakawa, N., Otaka, H., Kawasoe, T., and Omata, S. Relationship between perceived softness of bilayered skin models and their mechanical properties measured with a dual-sensor probe. Int J Cosmet Sci., Wiley-Blackwell, 35 (1), pp 84–88, 2013. PMID: 22970777.
  6. Nakatani, M., Fukuda, T., Arakawa, N., Kawasoe, T., and Omata, S. Softness sensor system for simultaneously measuring the mechanical properties of superficial skin layer and whole skin. Skin Res Technol. 19 (1), pp e332–e338, 2013. PMID: 22672219.
  7. Nakatani, M., Howe, RD. and Tachi, S. Surface texture can bias tactile form perception. Exp Brain Res., Springer, 208(1), pp 151-6, 2011. PMID: 20981539. 
  8. Nakatani, M., Kawasoe, T. and Denda, M. Sex Difference in Human Fingertip Recognition of Micronlevel Randomness as Unpleasant. Int J Cosmet Sci., Wiley-Blackwell, 33(4), pp. 346-50, 2011. PMID: 21284662. 
  9. Denda, M. and Nakatani, M. Acceleration of permeability barrier recovery by exposure of skin to 10-30 kHz sound. Br J Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 162(3), pp 503-7, 2010. PMID: 19751241. 
  10. Watanabe, J. , Nakatani, M. , Ando, H. and Tachi, S. Haptic localizations for onset and offset of vibro-tactile stimuli are dissociated. Exp Brain Res., Springer, 193(3), pp. 483-9, 2009. PMID: 19198817. 

Selected Presentation (reviewed)

  1. Nakatani, M., Maksimovic, S., Lumpkin, E.A., Optogenetic Activation of Small, Steady-State Currents in Merkel Cells Is Sufficient to Elicit Action Potentials in Tactile Afferent Neurons68th Annual Meeting and Symposium: Sensory Transduction, Poster presentation #25. 
  2. Nakatani, M., Nelson, A.M., Lumpkin, E.A., Touch Activates Mechanosensitive Ion Channels in Merkel Cells in vitro. Biophysical Society 58th Annual Meeting, Oral presentation 2270-Plat. 
  3. Nakatani, M., Shinmi, T., Makino, Y., Maeno, T., Finite element analysis of deformed fingerpad that explains tactile recognition performance of geometric surface features in humans. Neuroscience 2013. Poster 644.21/NN10. 
  4. Kumamoto, J., Nakatani, M., Tsutsumi, M., Goto, M., Denda, S., Takei, K., Denda, M., Coculture system of keratinocytes and dorsal-root-ganglion-derived cells for screening neurotrophic factors involved in guidance of neuronal axon growth. Neuroscience 2012. Poster 80.12/II7. 
  5. Nakatani, M., Shiojima, K., Kinoshita, S., Kawasoe, T., Koketsu, K. Wada, J. Wearable Contact Force Sensor System Based on Fingerpad Deformation. in Proc. World Haptics Conference. pp. 323 - 328, 2011.
  6. Nakatani, M., Sato, A., Hayward, V. and Tachi, S.  Tactile Illusion Caused by Tangential Skin Srain and Analysis In Terms of Skin Deformation. in Proc. Eurohaptics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5024/2008: 229-237. Springer-Vergal, 2008.
  7. Oyarzábal, M.S., Nakatani, M. and Howe, R.D. Vibration Enhances Geometry Perception with Tactile Shape Displays. In Proc World Haptics Conference. pp. 44-49, 2007.
  8. Nakatani, M., Howe, R.D. and Tachi, S.  The Fishbone Tactile Illusion. In Proc Euro Haptics. pp. 69-73, 2006.
  9. Nakatani, M., Kajimoto, H., Kawakami, N., Tachi, S. Tactile Sensation with High-Density Pin-Matrix. ACM the 2nd symposium on Applied perception in graphics and visualization, p. 169, 2005. 
  10. Nakatani, M., Kajimoto, H., Vlack, K., Sekiguchi, D., Kawakami, N. and Tachi Control Method for a 3D Form Display with Coil-type Shape Memory Alloy. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1332-1337, 2005.

Selected Review Papers

  1. Nakatani, M., Kakehi, Y., Minamizawa, K., Mihara, S., Tachi, S.  TECHTILE toolkit: hardware for creating haptic contents through workshop, Pervasive Haptics, Springer, January 2016. (in press)
  2. Moayedi, Y., Nakatani, M., Lumpkin, E.A. Mammalian Mechanoreception, Scholarpedia of Touch, pp. 423-435, November 2015. (Scholarpedia website for free content) 
  3. Nakatani, M., Maksimovic, S., Baba, Y., Lumpkin, E.A. Mechanotransduction in epidermal Merkel cellsPflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology, July 2014 (Advanced Online Publication). 
  4. Denda, M., Denda, S., Tsutsumi, M., Goto, M., Kumamoto, J., Nakatani, M., Takei, K., Kitahata, H., Nakata, S., Sawabu, Y., Kobayashi, Y. and Nagayama, M. Frontiers in epidermal barrier homeostasis--an approach to mathematical modelling of epidermal calcium dynamics. Exp Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 23(2), pp 79-82, 2014
  5. Denda, M., Nakatani, M., Ikeyama, K., Tsutsumi, M. and Denda, S. Epidermal keratinocytes as the forefront of the sensory system. Exp Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 16(3), pp 157-61, 2007