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Ohshima K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Molecular Biology and Evolution | Year: 2012

L1 elements are mammalian non-long terminal repeat retrotransposons, or long interspersed elements (LINEs), that significantly influence the dynamics and fluidity of the genome. A series of observations suggest that plant L1-clade LINEs, just as mammalian L1s, mobilize both short interspersed elements (SINEs) and certain messenger RNA by recognizing the 3′-poly(A) tail of RNA. However, one L1 lineage in monocots was shown to possess a conserved 3′-end sequence with a solid RNA structure also observed in maize and sorghum SINEs. This strongly suggests that plant LINEs require a particular 3′-end sequence during initiation of reverse transcription. As one L1-clade LINE was also found to share the 3′-end sequence with a SINE in a green algal genome, I propose that the ancestral L1-clade LINE in the common ancestor of green plants may have recognized the specific RNA template, with stringent recognition then becoming relaxed during the course of plant evolution. © 2012 The Author.

Koyama T.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Kamemura K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Experimental Cell Research | Year: 2015

The balance between bone formation and bone resorption is maintained by osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and an imbalance in this bone metabolism leads to osteoporosis. Here, we found that osteoblast differentiation in MC3T3-E1 cells is promoted by the inactivation of O-linked β-. N-acetylglucosaminidase (O-GlcNAcase) and suppressed by the inactivation of O-GlcNAc transferase, as indicated by extracellular matrix calcification. The expression of osteogenic genes such as alp, ocn, and bsp during osteoblast differentiation was positively regulated in a O-GlcNAc glycosylation-dependent manner. Because it was confirmed that Ets1 and Runx2 are the two key transcription factors responsible for the expression of these osteogenic genes, their transcriptional activity might therefore be regulated by O-GlcNAc glycosylation. However, osteoclast differentiation of RAW264 cells, as indicated by the expression and activity of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, was unaffected by the inactivation of either O-GlcNAcase or O-GlcNAc transferase. Our findings suggest that an approach to manipulate O-GlcNAc glycosylation could be useful for developing the therapeutics for osteoporosis. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Li Q.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Kamemura K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2014

Although the Ewing sarcoma (EWS) proto-oncoprotein is found in the nucleus and cytosol and is associated with the cell membrane, the regulatory mechanisms of its subcellular localization are still unclear. Here we found that adipogenic stimuli induce the nuclear localization of EWS in 3T3-L1 cells. Tyrosine phosphorylation in the C-terminal PY-nuclear localization signal of EWS was negative throughout adipogenesis. Instead, an adipogenesis-dependent increase in O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) glycosylation of EWS was observed. Pharmacological inactivation of O-GlcNAcase in preadipocytes promoted perinuclear localization of EWS. Our findings suggest that the nuclear localization of EWS is partly regulated by the glycosylation. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Furukawa T.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Inagaki H.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Takai R.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Hirai H.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Che F.-S.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions | Year: 2014

Plants sense potential pathogens by recognizing conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) that cause PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI). We previously reported that rice recognizes flagellin from the rice-incompatible N1141 strain of Acidovorax avenae and subsequently induces immune responses. Cell extracts isolated from flagellin-deficient N1141 (Δfla1141) still induced PTI responses, suggesting that Δfla1141 possesses an additional PAMP distinct from flagellin. Here, we show that elongation factor Tu (EF-Tu), one of the most abundant bacterial proteins, acts as a PAMP in rice and causes several PTI responses. In Brassicaceae species, EF-Tu and an N-acetylated peptide comprising the first 18 amino acids of the N-terminus, termed elf18, are fully active as inducers of PTI responses. By contrast, elf18 did not cause any immune responses in rice, whereas an EF-Tu middle region comprising Lys176 to Gly225, termed EFa50, is fully active as a PAMP in rice. In the leaves of rice plants, EF-Tu induced H2O 2 generation and callose deposition, and also triggered resistance to coinfection with pathogenic bacteria. Taken together, these data demonstrate that rice recognizes EFa50, which is distinct from elf18, and that this epitope induces PTI responses. © 2014 The American Phytopathological Society.

Hoshina R.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
BMC Research Notes | Year: 2014

Background: DNA comparison is becoming the leading approach to the analysis of microbial diversity. For eukaryotes, the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) has emerged as a conspicuous molecule that is useful for distinguishing between species. Because of the small number of usable ITS data in GenBank, ITS2 sequence comparisons have only been used for limited taxa. However, major institutions with planktonic algal culture collections have now released small subunit (SSU) to ITS rDNA sequence data for their collections. This development has uplifted the level of molecular systematics for these algae. Results: Forty-three strains of green algae isolated from German inland waters were investigated by using SSU-ITS rDNA sequencing. The strains were isolated through the direct plating method. Many of the strains went extinct during the years of culture. Thus, it could be expected that the surviving strains would be common, vigorous species. Nevertheless, 12 strains did not match any known species for which rDNA sequences had been determined. Furthermore, the identity of one strain was uncertain even at the genus level. Conclusions: The aforementioned results show that long-forgotten and neglected collections may be of great significance in understanding microbial diversity, and that much work still needs to be done before the diversity of freshwater green algae can be fully described. © 2014 Hoshina; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Kawase M.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Food Science and Technology Research | Year: 2012

Terahertz (THz) wave has a unique character that other range waves do not have, and its application is widely studied. Technology relating THz wave, such as generation, detection and application, remarkably develops in recent. Many studies about application of THz wave to food analysis have been performed. This review explains the basics of THz wave as well as application of THz wave to food analysis. Moreover, statistical method in treatment of THz spectrum is reported. © 2012 Food Sci. Technol. Res.

Ohshima K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Igarashi K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Molecular Biology and Evolution | Year: 2010

Domain shuffling has provided extraordinarily diverse functions to proteins. Nevertheless, how newly combined domains are coordinated to create novel functions remains a fundamental question of genetic and phenotypic evolution. Previously, we reported a unique mechanism of gene creation, whereby new combinations of functional domains are assembled from distinct genes at the RNA level, reverse transcribed, and integrated into the genome by the L1 retrotransposon. The novel gene PIPSL, created by the fusion of phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase (PIP5K1A) and 26S proteasome subunit (S5a/PSMD4) genes, is specifically transcribed in human and chimpanzee testes.We present the first evidence for the translation of PIPSL in humans. The human PIPSL locus showed a low nucleotide diversity within 11 populations (125 individuals) compared with other genomic regions such as introns and overall chromosomes. It was equivalent to the average for coding sequences or exons from other genes, suggesting that human PIPSL has some function and is conserved among modern populations. Two linked amino acid-altering single-nucleotide polymorphisms were found in the PIPSL kinase domain of non-African populations. They are positioned in the vicinity of the substrate-binding cavity of the parental PIP5K1A protein and change the charge of both residues. The relatively rapid expansion of this haplotype might indicate a selective advantage for it in modern humans.We determined the evolutionary fate of PIPSL domains created by domain shuffling. During hominoid diversification, the S5a-derived domain was retained in all lineages, whereas the ubiquitin-interacting motif (UIM) 1 in the domain experienced critical amino acid replacements at an early stage, being conserved under subsequent high levels of nonsynonymous substitutions to UIM2 and other domains, suggesting that adaptive evolution diversified these functional compartments. Conversely, the PIP5K1A-derived domain is degenerated in gibbons and gorillas. These observations provide a possible scheme of domain shuffling in which the combined parental domains are not tightly linked in the novel chimeric protein, allowing for changes in their functional roles, leading to their fine-tuning. Selective pressure toward a novel function initially acted on one domain, whereas the other experienced a nearly neutral state. Over time, the latter also gained a new function or was degenerated. © 2010 The Author.

Aoki N.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Ohta S.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Tetrahedron Letters | Year: 2010

A new sesquiterpenoid designated ashitabaol A was isolated from seeds of Angelica keiskei. The structure was determined by interpretation of spectroscopic data and was confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. Ashitabaol A exhibited free radical scavenging activity. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Uchikawa T.,Kyoto University | Yamamoto A.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Inouye K.,Kyoto University
Developmental Biology | Year: 2011

Large vacuoles are characteristic of plant and fungal cells, and their origin has long attracted interest. The cellular slime mould provides a unique opportunity to study the de novo formation of vacuoles because, in its life cycle, a subset of the highly motile animal-like cells (prestalk cells) rapidly develops a single large vacuole and cellulosic cell wall to become plant-like cells (stalk cells). Here we describe the origin and process of vacuole formation using live-imaging of Dictyostelium cells expressing GFP-tagged ammonium transporter A (AmtA-GFP), which was found to reside on the membrane of stalk-cell vacuoles. We show that stalk-cell vacuoles originate from acidic vesicles and autophagosomes, which fuse to form autolysosomes. Their repeated fusion and expansion accompanied by concomitant cell wall formation enable the stalk cells to rapidly develop turgor pressure necessary to make the rigid stalk to hold the spores aloft. Contractile vacuoles, which are rich in H+-ATPase as in plant vacuoles, remained separate from these vacuoles. We further argue that AmtA may play an important role in the control of stalk-cell differentiation by modulating the pH of autolysosomes. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Ogawa M.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Sakakibara Y.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology | Kamemura K.,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2013

Previously, we demonstrated that the expression of myogenin, a critical transcription factor for myogenesis, is negatively regulated by O-linked β- N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) glycosylation in mouse C2C12 cells. In this study, we found that Mef2 family proteins, especially Mef2D which is a crucial transcriptional activator of myogenin, are O-GlcNAc glycosylated. Between the two splice variants of Mef2D, Mef2D1a rather than Mef2D1b appears to drive the initiation of myogenin expression in the early stage of myogenesis. A deletion mutant analysis showed that Mef2D1a is glycosylated both in its DNA-binding and transactivation domains. A significant decrease in the glycosylation of Mef2D was observed in response to myogenic stimulus in C2C12 cells. Inhibition of the myogenesis-dependent decrease in the glycosylation of Mef2D suppressed its recruitment to the myogenin promoter. These results indicate that the expression of myogenin is regulated, at least in part, by the decreased glycosylation-dependent recruitment of Mef2D to the promoter region, and this is one of the negative regulatory mechanisms of skeletal myogenesis by O-GlcNAc glycosylation. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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