Kumiko Okawa

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The glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPD) gene of Lentinus edodes was isolated from a genomic DNA library and cDNA corresponding to this gene was isolated from a mycelium cDNA library. The L. edodes GPD gene was found to encode a 337-aa protein. By comparison of the cDNA and genomic DNA sequences, the presence of eight introns in the GPD gene was(More)
Many plants acquire increased freezing tolerance when they are exposed to nonfreezing temperatures of a certain duration. This process is known as cold acclimation and allows plants to protect themselves from freezing injury. A wide variety of polypeptides are induced during cold acclimation, among which is one encoded by COR15A in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis(More)
Arabidopsis Cor15am is a late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) related protein that has been shown to exhibit cryoprotective activity in vitro. In this study, we further investigated the mechanisms by which Cor15am protects substrates from inactivation. Although Cor15am did not exhibit refolding activity, it showed protective activity against various stresses(More)
Plastids are surrounded by two membrane layers, the outer and inner envelope membranes, which have various transport and metabolic activities. A number of envelope membrane proteins have been identified by biochemical approaches and have been assigned to specific functions. Despite those efforts, the chloroplast envelope membrane is expected to contain a(More)
The gill browning of Lentinula edodes fruit-bodies during preservation is thought to be due to melanin biosynthesis catalyzed by tyrosinase. We isolated a genomic DNA sequence and cDNA encoding a putative tyrosinase from the white rot basidiomycete Lentinula edodes (shiitake mushroom). The gene, named Letyr, consists of a 1,854-bp open reading frame(More)
We have developed a mass mating method using the spore suspensions of homothallic yeasts of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in combination with dominant selective drug resistance markers, Tn601(903) against geneticin and AUR1-C against aureobasidin A for the selection of the hybrids. To examine the effectiveness of these markers in the mass mating method, each(More)
A genomic DNA sequence and cDNA encoding a putative chitin synthase were isolated from the white rot basidiomycete Lentinula edodes. The gene, named LeChs2, consists of a 2,598-bp open reading frame interrupted by 14 introns and encodes a putative protein of 866 amino acid residues. The data obtained in this study suggest that LeChs2 belongs to the class II(More)
Novel vectors (pLCHS-hph and pChG-bar) containing expression unit driving hph as a selectable marker gene by chitin synthase gene promoter were constructed for Lentinula edodes transformation. Expression of the hph gene in random selected transformants was confirmed by RT-PCR method. Thus, both vectors are useful for L. edodes transformation.
The inner envelope membrane (IEM) of the chloroplast plays crucial roles in forming an osmotic barrier and controlling metabolite exchange between the organelle and the cytosol. The IEM therefore harbours a number of membrane proteins and requires the import and integration of these nuclear-encoded proteins for its biogenesis. Recent studies have(More)
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