Takahisa Kanekiyo, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Takahisa Kanekiyo, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Dr. Kanekiyo earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. He has been studying the pathogenic pathways of age-related neurodegenerative diseases and neurovascular diseases. His current interest is to understand the roles of apolipoprotein E (apoE) and apoE receptors in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). He is also exploring AD pathogenesis using iPS cells from patients with the disease risk genes including APOE4 and ABCA7. Dr. Kanekiyo has received several awards including the New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer’s Association and Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association.  

Funded Research

Project Description Researchers Funding
ABCA7 in Brain Homeostasis and Alzheimer's Disease

Genetic and environmental factors influence the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease; genetic studies have identified novel risk genes for the disease. ABCA7 is the gene encoding ATP-binding cassette sub-family A member 7; variants of ABCA7, which shares a homology with ABCA1, have shown a strong association with increased risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Importantly, loss-of-function variants in ABCA7 also have been demonstrated to significantly increase Alzheimer’s disease risk.

2015 to 2017


Selected Publications

These published papers resulted from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund support.
Nobutaka Sakae, Chia-Chen Liu, Mitsuru Shinohara, Jessica Frisch-Daiello, Li Ma, Yu Yamazaki, Masaya Tachibana, Linda Younkin, Aishe Kurti, Minerva M. Carrasquillo, Fanggeng Zou, Daniel Sevlever, Gina Bisceglio, Ming Gan, Romain Fol, Patrick Knight, Miao Wang, Xianlin Han, John D. Fryer, Michael L. Fitzgerald, Yasumasa Ohyagi, Steven G. Younkin, Guojun Bu, and Takahisa Kanekiyo, ABCA7 Deficiency Accelerates Amyloid- Generation and Alzheimer’s Neuronal Pathology, Neurobiology of Disease, 36(13), 30 Mar 2016, 3848–3859
Mitsuru Shinohara, Takahisa Kanekiyo, Longyu Yang, Duane Linthicum, Motoko Shinohara, Yuan Fu, Laura Price, Jessica L. Frisch-Daiello, Xianlin Han, John D. Fryer, Guojun Bu, APOE2 eases cognitive decline during Aging: Clinical and preclinical evaluations, Annals of Neurology, 79(5), 2 Mar 2016, 758-774
, Casey CS, Atagi Y, Yamazaki Y, Shinohara M, Tachibana M, Fu Y, Bu G, Kanekiyo T, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 290(22), May 2015, 14208-14217
Chia-Chen Liu, Jin Hu, Chih-Wei Tsai, Mei Yue, Heather L. Melrose, Takahisa Kanekiyo, and Guojun Bu, Neuronal LRP1 Regulates Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Signaling in the Brain, The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(14), April 2015, 5851-5859