Akihiro Suzuki

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Rice storage protein glutelin genes are coordinately regulated during seed development. A previous 5′ deletion analysis using transgenic tobacco revealed that the minimum 5′ region necessary for endosperm specificity was within −245 bp of the transcription start site, and included the AACA and GCN4 motifs that are highly conserved in the 5′-flanking regions(More)
We characterized the expression profiles of LjHb1 and LjHb2, non-symbiotic hemoglobin (non-sym-Hb) genes of Lotus japonicus. Although LjHb1 and LjHb2 showed 77% homology in their cDNA sequences, LjHb2 is located in a unique position in the phylogenetic tree of plant Hbs. The 5'-upstream regions of both genes contain the motif AAAGGG at a position similar to(More)
Rhizobia are symbiotic nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria that are associated with host legumes. The establishment of rhizobial symbiosis requires signal exchanges between partners in microaerobic environments that result in mutualism for the two partners. We developed a macroarray for Mesorhizobium loti MAFF303099, a microsymbiont of the model legume Lotus(More)
The effects of the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) on plant growth and root nodule formation were analyzed in Trifolium repense (white clover) and Lotus japonicus, which form indeterminate and determinate nodules, respectively. In T. repense, although the number of nodules formed after inoculation with Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain 4S (wild(More)
To better understand the molecular responses of plants to arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, we analyzed the differential gene expression patterns of Lotus japonicus, a model legume, with the aid of a large-scale cDNA macroarray. Experiments were carried out considering the effects of contaminating microorganisms in the soil inoculants. When the(More)
Ten strains of root nodule bacteria were isolated from the nodules of Acacia mangium grown in the Philippines and Thailand. Partial sequences (approx. 300 bp) of the 16S rRNA gene of each isolate were analyzed. The nucleotide sequences of strain DASA 35030 indicated high homology (>99%) with members of the genus Ochrobactrum in Brucellaceae, although the(More)
Effects of cytochrome b(5) (b(5)) on catalytic activities of human cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A5, CYP3A4, and CYP3A7 coexpressed with human NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase in Escherichia coli membranes were investigated using 14 substrates. The activities of CYP3A5 were enhanced by addition of b(5) in approximately one third of the substrates employed in this(More)
Leguminous plants have both symbiotic and nonsymbiotic hemoglobin (sym- and nonsym-Hb) genes. Three symbiotic (LjLb1, 2, 3) and one nonsymbiotic (LjNSG1) Hb genes were isolated from a genomic library of Lotus japonicus MG20 Miyakojima. Two motif sequences (AAAGAT and CTCTT) critical for nodule specific expression were conserved on the 5'-upstream sequence(More)
Light is critical for supplying carbon to the energetically expensive, nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between legumes and rhizobia. Here, we show that phytochrome B (phyB) is part of the monitoring system to detect suboptimal light conditions, which normally suppress Lotus japonicus nodule development after Mesorhizobium loti inoculation. We found that the(More)
Gene expression profiles during early stages of formation of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing nodules in a model legume Lotus japonicus were analyzed by means of a cDNA array of 18,144 non-redundant expressed sequence tags (ESTs) isolated from L. japonicus. Expression of a total of 1,076 genes was significantly accelerated during the successive stages that(More)