Hirokazu Inoue

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We present an analysis of over 1,100 of the approximately 10,000 predicted proteins encoded by the genome sequence of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. Seven major areas of Neurospora genomics and biology are covered. First, the basic features of the genome, including the automated assembly, gene calls, and global gene analyses are summarized. The(More)
Gene disruption and overexpression play central roles in the analysis of gene function. Homologous recombination is, in principle, the most efficient method of disrupting, modifying, or replacing a target gene. Although homologous integration of exogenous DNA into the genome occurs readily in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, it is rare in many other organisms. We(More)
The DNA replication machinery stalls at damaged sites on templates, but normally restarts by switching to a specialized DNA polymerase(s) that carries out translesion DNA synthesis (TLS). In human cells, DNA polymerase eta (poleta) accumulates at stalling sites as nuclear foci, and is involved in ultraviolet (UV)-induced TLS. Here we show that poleta does(More)
Homologous integration of a foreign DNA segment into a chromosomal target sequence enables precise disruption or replacement of genes of interest and provides an effective means to analyze gene function. However, integration after transformation is predominantly nonhomologous in most species other than yeast. Here, we show that homologous integration in the(More)
Gene-targeting by homologous recombination occurs rarely during transformation since nonhomologous recombination is predominant in Aspergillus oryzae. To develop a highly efficient gene-targeting system for A. oryzae, we constructed disrupted strains harboring a gene (ligD) encoding human DNA ligase IV homolog that is involved in the final step of DNA(More)
In lower eukaryotes, Rad18 plays a crucial role in postreplication repair. Previously, we isolated a human homologue of RAD18 (hRAD18) and showed that human cells overexpressing hRad18 protein with a mutation in the RING finger motif are defective in postreplication repair. Here, we report the construction of RAD18-knockout mouse embryonic stem cells by(More)
Rad18 is involved in postreplication repair mainly through monoubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). Here we show that Rad18 protein was detected in human cells as two major bands at 75 and 85 kDa by Western blot. The bands were identified as nonubiquitinated and monoubiquitinated forms of Rad18, respectively, by mass spectrometry.(More)
Switching from a replicative to a translesion polymerase is an important step to further continue on replication at the site of DNA lesion. Recently, RAD18 (a ubiquitin ligase) was shown to monoubiquitinate proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) in cooperation with RAD6 (a ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme) at the replication-stalled sites, causing the(More)
The drs gene was originally isolated as a suppressor of v-src transformation. Expression of drs mRNA is markedly downregulated in a variety of human cancer cell lines and tissues, suggesting the potential role of this gene as a tumor suppressor. Previously, we found that Drs protein associates with ASY/Nogo-B/RTN-x(S), an apoptosis-inducing protein in the(More)
We previously showed that periostin expression is downregulated in human bladder cancer tissues and that ectopic expression of periostin suppresses the invasiveness of bladder cancer cells. However, in most other human cancers studied, the expression of periostin promotes cell invasiveness. In the present study, we investigated the regulation of the(More)