Ryo Iwata

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A number of meiosis-specific mRNAs are initially weakly transcribed, but then selectively removed during fission yeast mitotic growth. These mRNAs harbour a region termed DSR (determinant of selective removal), which is recognized by the YTH family RNA-binding protein Mmi1p. Mmi1p directs the destruction of these mRNAs in collaboration with nuclear(More)
The molecular mechanism by which neurites are selected for elimination or incorporation into the mature circuit during developmental pruning remains unknown. The trophic theory postulates that local cues provided by target or surrounding cells act to inhibit neurite elimination. However, no widely conserved factor mediating this trophic function has been(More)
It is poorly understood how sensory systems memorize the intensity of sensory stimulus, compare it with a newly sensed stimulus, and regulate the orientation behaviour based on the memory. Here we report that Caenorhabditis elegans memorizes the environmental salt concentration during cultivation and exhibits a strong behavioural preference for this(More)
Growing evidence suggests that sensory neuron synapses not merely pass, but actively encode sensory information and convey it to the central nervous system. The chemosensory preferences of Caenorhabditis elegans, as manifested in the direction of chemotaxis, are reversibly regulated by prior experience at the level of sensory neurons; the attractive drive(More)
A number of meiosis-specific transcripts are selectively eliminated during the mitotic cell cycle in fission yeast. Mmi1, an RNA-binding protein, plays a crucial role in this selective elimination. Mmi1 recognizes a specific region, namely, the determinant of selective removal (DSR) on meiotic transcripts and induces nuclear exosome-mediated elimination.(More)
In sexually reproducing animals, mating is essential for transmitting genetic information to the next generation and therefore animals have evolved mechanisms for optimizing the chance of successful mate location. In the soil nematode C. elegans, males approach hermaphrodites via the ascaroside pheromones, recognize hermaphrodites when their tails contact(More)
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