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Laboratory of Molecular and Functional Genomics

Research Subjects

Chlorophyll biosynthesis

  • Loss of photosynthetic growth ability in cyanobacteria
  • Biochemistry and physiology of dark-operative protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (DPOR)
  • Adaptation to low oxygen environments

Nitrogen fixation

  • Creation of nitrogen-fixing plants
  • Oxygen paradox in photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation in cyanobacteria

Circadian Rhythm in Arabidopsis


Research Materials

  • Cyanobacteria
  • Arabidopsis thaliana


Members

Professor

Professor Yuichi FUJITA

1991
Ph.D. Osaka University
1990-1992
JSPS Fellow, Osaka University
1992-2002
Assistant Professor, Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University
2002-2016
Associate Professor, Nagoya University
2008-2011
PRESTO researcher (JST)
2016-present
Professor, Nagoya University


Associate Professor

Takafumi Yamashino


Assistant Professor

Haruki Yamamoto


YLC Designated Assistant Professor

Natsuki Tanaka


Secretary

Keiko Itoh


Technician

Mari Bamba

Asako Segawa


Graduate student

D3
Miyu Imamura
D1
Yusuke Takada
M2
Yoshiki Morimoto
M2
Shintaro Hida
M1
Masahide Kobayashi
M1
Koichi Gonbu

Undergraduate

B4
Yoshiyuki Sakurai
B4
Hatsuna Sugihara
B4
Yuki Tsuzuki
B4
Chiaki Teramae
B4
Takuma Morinaga
B4 (G30)
Le Nguyen

Selected papers by Yuichi Fujita

Tsujimoto, R., Kotani, H., Yokomizo, K., Yamakawa, H., Nonaka, A., and Fujita, Y. (2018) Functional expression of an oxygen-labile nitrogenase in an oxygenic photosynthetic organism. Sci. Rep. 8, 7380.

Tsujimoto, R., Kamiya, N., and Fujita, Y. (2016) Identification of a cis-element in nitrogen fixation genes recognized by CnfR in the nonheterocystous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Leptolyngbya boryana. Mol. Microbiol. 101, 411–424.

Fujita, Y., Tsujimoto, R. and Aoki, R. (2015) Evolutionary aspects and regulation of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis in cyanobacteria under aerobic and anaerobic environments. Life, 5, 1172-1203.

Tsujimoto, R., Kamiya, N., and Fujita, Y. (2014) Transcriptional regulators ChlR and CnfR are essential for diazotrophic growth of nonheterocystous cyanobacteria. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 6762-6767.

Aoki, R., Takeda, T., Omata, T., Ihara, K. and Fujita, Y. (2012) MarR-type transcriptional regulator ChlR activates expression of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis genes in response to low-oxygen conditions in cyanobacteria. J. Biol. Chem. 287, 13500-13507.

Muraki, N., Nomata, J., Ebata, K., Mizoguchi, T., Shiba, T., Tamiaki, H., Kurisu, G. and Fujita, Y. (2010) X-ray crystal structure of the light-independent protochlorophyllide reductase. Nature 465, 110-114.