Tetsuya Okada

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In yeast, the transmembrane protein kinase/endoribonuclease Ire1p activated by endoplasmic reticulum stress cleaves HAC1 mRNA, leading to production of the transcription factor Hac1p that activates the unfolded protein response (UPR). In mammals, no Hac1p counterpart has yet been discovered despite the presence of Ire1p homologs in the endoplasmic(More)
Metazoans express three unfolded protein response transducers (IRE1, PERK, and ATF6) ubiquitously to cope with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. ATF6 is an ER membrane-bound transcription factor activated by ER stress-induced proteolysis and has been duplicated in mammals. Here, we generated ATF6alpha- and ATF6beta-knockout mice, which developed normally,(More)
All eukaryotic cells respond to the accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by signaling an adaptive pathway termed the unfolded protein response (UPR). In yeast, a type-I ER transmembrane protein kinase, Ire1p, is the proximal sensor of unfolded proteins in the ER lumen that initiates an unconventional splicing reaction on HAC1(More)
In response to accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a homoeostatic response, termed the unfolded protein response (UPR), is activated in all eukaryotic cells. The UPR involves only transcriptional regulation in yeast, and approx. 6% of all yeast genes, encoding not only proteins to augment the folding capacity in the ER, but(More)
Eukaryotic cells cope with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress by activating the unfolded protein response (UPR), a coordinated system of transcriptional and translational controls, which ensures the integrity of synthesized proteins. Mammalian cells express three UPR transducers in the ER, namely IRE1, PERK and ATF6. The IRE1 pathway, which is conserved from(More)
Proteins that are unfolded or misfolded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) must be refolded or degraded to maintain the homeostasis of the ER. Components of both productive folding and ER-associated degradation (ERAD) mechanisms are known to be up-regulated by the unfolded protein response (UPR). We describe two novel components of mammalian ERAD, Derlin-2(More)
ATF6 is a membrane-bound transcription factor activated by proteolysis in response to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress to induce the transcription of ER chaperone genes. We show here that, owing to the presence of intra- and intermolecular disulfide bridges formed between the two conserved cysteine residues in the luminal domain, ATF6 occurs in unstressed(More)
Glycoproteins misfolded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are subjected to ER-associated glycoprotein degradation (gpERAD) in which Htm1-mediated mannose trimming from the oligosaccharide Man8GlcNAc2 to Man7GlcNAc2 is the rate-limiting step in yeast. In contrast, the roles of the three Htm1 homologues (EDEM1/2/3) in mammalian gpERAD have remained elusive,(More)
Proteins misfolded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are cleared by the ubiquitin-dependent proteasome system in the cytosol, a series of events collectively termed ER-associated degradation (ERAD). It was previously shown that SEL1L, a partner protein of the E3 ubiquitin ligase HRD1, is required for degradation of misfolded luminal proteins (ERAD-Ls(More)
Proteins misfolded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are degraded in the cytosol by a ubiquitin-dependent proteasome system, a process collectively termed ER-associated degradation (ERAD). Unraveling the molecular mechanisms of mammalian ERAD progresses more slowly than that of yeast ERAD due to the laborious procedures required for gene targeting and the(More)