Tasuku Honjo (本庶 佑 Honjo Tasuku, born January 27, 1942) is a Japanese immunologist. He is best known for his work of finding and naming the Programmed Cell Death Protein 1 (PD-1). He is also known for his discovery of cytokines: IL-4 and IL-5, as well as the discovery of Activation-induced Cytidine Deaminase (AID).
Tasuku Honjo in 2018
|Alma mater||Kyoto University|
|Known for||Class switch recombination|
IL-4, IL-5, AID
|Awards||Imperial Prize (1996)|
Koch Prize (2012)
Order of Culture (2013)
Tang Prize (2014)
Kyoto Prize (2016)
Alpert Prize (2017)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2018)
|Doctoral advisor||Yasutomi Nishizuka|
He was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. He is a member of German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (2003), and also as a member of the Japan Academy (2005).
- Ishida, Y.; Agata, Y.; Shibahara, K.; Honjo, T. (1992). "Induced expression of PD-1, a novel member of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily, upon programmed cell death.". The EMBO Journal (Wiley) 11 (11): 3887–3895. doi:10.1002/j.1460-2075.1992.tb05481.x. ISSN 0261-4189. PMC 556898. PMID 1396582.
- Kumanogoh, Atsushi; Ogata, Masato (2010-03-25). "The study of cytokines by Japanese researchers: a historical perspective". International Immunology 22 (5): 341–345. doi:10.1093/intimm/dxq022. ISSN 0953-8178. PMID 20338911. https://academic.oup.com/intimm/article/22/5/341/731160. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
- Robert Koch Foundation confers award on Professors Honjo and Wimmer
- Hannah, Devlin. "James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo win Nobel prize for medicine". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2018.