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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


Post-doctral researcher

Mari Banba


Secretary

Keiko Itoh


Technician

Asako Segawa


Graduate student

D1
Yoshiki Morimoto
M2
Sara Bakri
M2
Madoka Adachi
M2
Mikihiro Ichiko
M2
Kentaro Usui
M2
Marie Nishio
M2
Kandai Yamada
M1
Nao Umeoka
M1
Kyoka Obata
M1
Kaiya Miyazaki
M1
Kotomi Yamamoto

Undergraduate

B4
Tasuku Yamada
B4
Yusuke Suzuki
B4
Takahiro Arase
B4
Taisei Sato
B4
Shoya Takahashi
B4
Mayu Chikada
B4
Takeshi Hada
B3 (G30)
Ji Won Kim

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.