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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


JSPS RPD researcher

Mai Watanabe


Secretary

Keiko Itoh


Technician

Mari Banba
Asako Segawa


Graduate student

D3
Miyu Imamura
D2
Yusuke Takada
M2
Masahide Kobayashi
M2
Koichi Gonbu
M1
Yoshiyuki Sakurai
M1
Yuki Tsuzuki
M1
Chiaki Teramae
M1
Le Nguyen
M1
Sara Bakri

Undergraduate

B4
Madoka Adachi
B4
Motohiro Ichiko
B4
Kentaro Usui
B4
Chihiro Kondo
B4
Marie Nishio
B4 (G30)
Tsend-Ayush Batbold

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.