Takashi Kawaguchi

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Sister chromatid cohesion, which is mediated by the cohesin complex, is vital for faithful segregation of chromosomes in mitosis and meiosis (reviewed in). Cohesion is established during S phase, and this process requires the function of the acetyltransferase Eco1/Ctf7. The mechanism of the cohesion establishment is, however, still unclear. Here, we(More)
For direct and efficient ethanol production from cellulosic materials, we constructed a novel cellulose-degrading yeast strain by genetically codisplaying two cellulolytic enzymes on the cell surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. By using a cell surface engineering system based on alpha-agglutinin, endoglucanase II (EGII) from the filamentous fungus(More)
Aspergillus aculeatus β-glucosidase 1 (AaBGL1), which promotes cellulose hydrolysis by Trichoderma cellulase system, was characterized and compared some properties to a commercially supplied orthologue in A. niger (AnBGL) to elucidate advantages of recombinant AaBGL1 (rAaBGL1) for synergistic effect on Trichoderma enzymes. Steady–state kinetic studies(More)
To develop a Trichoderma reesei strain appropriate for the saccharification of pretreated cellulosic biomass, a recombinant T. reesei strain, X3AB1, was constructed that expressed an Aspergillus aculeatus β-glucosidase 1 with high specific activity under the control of the xyn3 promoter. The culture supernatant from T. reesei X3AB1 grown on 1% Avicel as a(More)
GH3 (glycoside hydrolase family 3) BGLs (β-glucosidases) from filamentous fungi have been widely and commercially used for the supplementation of cellulases. AaBGL1 (Aspergillus aculeatus BGL1) belongs to the GH3 and shows high activity towards cellooligosaccharides up to high degree of polymerization. In the present study we determined the crystal(More)
Although the capabilities of Trichoderma reesei cellulases have been greatly improved, these enzymes are still too costly for commercial use. The aim of this research was to assess the biomass saccharification capability of JN11, a recombinant cellulase, compared with that of the commercially available cellulases Accellerase 1500 and Cellic CTec. The(More)
The capacity of Trichoderma reesei cellulase to degrade lignocellulosic biomass has been enhanced by the construction of a recombinant T. reesei strain expressing Aspergillus aculeatus β-glucosidase I. We have confirmed highly efficient ethanol production from converge-milled Japanese cedar by recombinant T. reesei expressing A. aculeatus β-glucosidase I(More)
We tried genetically to immobilize cellulase protein on the cell surface of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in its active form. A cDNA encoding FI-carboxymethylcellulase (CMCase) of the fungus Aspergillus aculeatus, with its secretion signal peptide, was fused with the gene encoding the C-terminal half (320 amino acid residues from the C terminus) of(More)
A-63-year-old woman underwent gamma knife surgery (GKS) for acoustic neuroma. Six years later, she suffered sudden onset of severe headache followed by a disturbance of consciousness and subarachnoid haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm originating from the distal anterior inferior cerebellar artery. The aneurysm was not located at a branching site and(More)
A gene encoding exoglucanase (CBHII) of Streptomyces sp. M 23 was cloned and sequenced. The cbhII gene consisted of 1359 bp capable of encoding a polypeptide of 453 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 45,175 Da. The deduced amino acid sequence showed homology with those of cellulases belonging to family 6 of the glycosyl hydrolases. The cbhII(More)