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Outline: Targeted Proteins Research Program
The Targeted Proteins Research Program is a national project promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. The program aims to reveal the structure and function of proteins that have great importance in both academic research and industrial application. The results of the studies on the targeted proteins selected will deepen our understanding of fundamental biological phenomena, contribute to the advancement of medical and pharmaceutical sciences, and be industrially applied in various areas, such as the enhancement of food production and bioremediation. As most of the targeted proteins are difficult to study structurally and functionally, the project also promotes the development of basic and innovative technology for protein production, structural analysis, and function regulation using chemicals, as well as the construction of an information platform. The project started as a five-year plan in FY 2007 with a budget of 5.5 billion yen, and more than 150 scientists are now conducting researches on 43 subjects. The budget for FY2008 is 5.2 billion yen.