Michio Takeuchi

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Aspergillus fumigatus is exceptional among microorganisms in being both a primary and opportunistic pathogen as well as a major allergen. Its conidia production is prolific, and so human respiratory tract exposure is almost constant. A. fumigatus is isolated from human habitats and vegetable compost heaps. In immunocompromised individuals, the incidence of(More)
The genome of Aspergillus oryzae, a fungus important for the production of traditional fermented foods and beverages in Japan, has been sequenced. The ability to secrete large amounts of proteins and the development of a transformation system have facilitated the use of A. oryzae in modern biotechnology. Although both A. oryzae and Aspergillus flavus belong(More)
NADH dehydrogenase is a key component of the respiratory chain. It catalyzes the oxidation of NADH by transferring electrons to ubiquinone and establishes a proton motive force across the cell membrane. The yjlD (renamed ndh) gene of Bacillus subtilis is predicted to encode an enzyme similar to the NADH dehydrogenase II of Escherichia coli, encoded by the(More)
The genome sequence of Aspergillus oryzae, a fungus used in the production of the traditional Japanese fermentation foods sake (rice wine), shoyu (soy sauce), and miso (soybean paste), has revealed prominent features in its gene composition as compared to those of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Neurospora crassa. The A. oryzae genome is extremely enriched(More)
Using an antisense control strategy, we isolated an Aspergillus oryzae mutant that produced low levels of carboxypeptidases (CPases). The mutant TFC-1 expressed the antisense RNA of the structural gene of CPase O and showed about 30% of the CPase activity in the parent strain. Gel filtration analysis indicated that this mutant decreased the CPase activities(More)
An alkaline serine proteinase was purfied from the culture broth of an alkalophilicBacillus sp. NKS-21. The molecular weight was estimated to be 22,000 by a gel filtration method and 31,000 by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The isoelectric point was determined to be 8.2. The amino acid composition and CD spectrum were determined. The alkaline(More)
XlnR is a Zn(II)2Cys6 transcriptional activator of xylanolytic and cellulolytic genes in Aspergillus. Overexpression of the aoxlnR gene in Aspergillus oryzae (A. oryzae xlnR gene) resulted in elevated xylanolytic and cellulolytic activities in the culture supernatant, in which nearly 40 secreted proteins were detected by two-dimensional electrophoresis. DNA(More)
In the genome of Aspergillus oryzae, 12 genes have been predicted to encode serine-type carboxypeptidases. However, the carboxypeptidase activities of the proteins encoded by these genes have not yet been confirmed experimentally. In this study, we have constructed three of these 12 genes overexpressing strains using Aspergillus nidulans and characterized(More)
We have carried out a functional analysis of LysR family transcriptional regulators in Bacillus subtilis. The cell density of cultures of a yofA insertion mutant declined sharply after the end of exponential growth, as measured by optical density at 600 nm. Complementation in trans and analysis of isopropyl-beta-d-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG)-dependent(More)
In the course of a Bacillus subtilis functional genomics project which involved screening for sporulation genes, we identified an open reading frame, yaaT, whose disruptant exhibits a sporulation defect. Twenty-four hours after the initiation of sporulation, most cells of the yaaT mutant exhibited stage 0 of sporulation, indicating that the yaaT mutation(More)