Tomoki Matsuyama

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Microtubules (MTs) were visualized in living cells of several tissues in transgenicArabidopsis thaliana. The transformed Arabidopsis plant was obtained by infecting it withAgrobacterium tumefaciens carrying the GFP-TUA6 plasmid. The fluorescence of the MTs was due to the fluorescence of GFP-TUA6 that was polymerized into the MTs. The distribution patterns(More)
Early studies proposed that DNA methylation could have a role in regulating gene expression during development [Riggs, A.D. (1975) Cytogenet. Cell Genet. 14, 9-25]. However, some studies of DNA methylation in known tissue-specific genes during development do not support a major role for DNA methylation. In the results presented here, tissue-specific(More)
AGFP-TUA6 (α-tubulin 6) gene was transduced in theArabidopsis thaliana genome, and the GFP-TUA6 protein was expressed by 20% of the total α-tubulin amount. The expressed GFP-TUA6 protein was incorporated into cortical microtubules (cMTs), so that the cMTs could be visualized under the fluorescence microscope in the living cells. The rearrangement of cMTs(More)
Many CpG islands have tissue-dependent and differentially methylated regions (T-DMRs) in normal cells and tissues. To elucidate how DNA methyltransferases (Dnmts) participate in methylation of the genomic components, we investigated the genome-wide DNA methylation pattern of the T-DMRs with Dnmt1-, Dnmt3a-, and/or Dnmt3b-deficient ES cells by restriction(More)
Retrotransposons are present in all plant genomes and play important roles in genome size, genome structure remodeling, gene function, and genome evolution. Eight novel long terminal repeat retrotransposons were identified from a bacterial artificial chromosome library of Japanese pear (Pyrus pyrifolia). On the basis of the order of gene arrangement within(More)
The cell surface hydrophobicity of Serratia marcescens appears to be an important factor in its adhesion to and colonization of various interfaces. The cell surface components responsible for mediating the hydrophobicity of S. marcescens have not been completely elucidated, but may include prodigiosin and other factors. In the present report we have(More)
Male-associated DNA sequences were analyzed in Cannabis sativa L. (hemp), a dioecious plant with heteromorphic sex chromosomes. DNA was isolated from male and female plants and subjected to random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis. Of 120 primers, 17 yielded 400 to 1500-bp fragments detectable in male, but not female, plants. These fragments were cloned(More)
Understanding the role of 'epigenetic' changes such as DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling has now become critical in understanding many biological processes. In order to delineate the global methylation pattern in a given genomic DNA, computer software has been developed to create a virtual image of restriction landmark genomic scanning (Vi-RLGS).(More)
The DNA adenine methylation status on specific 5'-GANTC-3' sites and its change during the establishment of plant-microbe interactions was demonstrated in several species of alpha-proteobacteria. Restriction landmark genome scanning (RLGS), which is a high-resolution two dimensional DNA electrophoresis method, was used to monitor the genomewide change in(More)
Heavy-ion irradiation is a new method of mutation breeding to produce new cultivars. We established the application of this method in rice plants to obtain mutants. Rice seeds were irradiated by C or Ne ions (135MeV/u) with a LET (linear energy transfer) of 22.7 or 64.2 keV/microm, respectively. Chlorophyll-deficient mutants (CDM) segregated in M2 progeny(More)