Tomomi Kitajima-Ihara

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The amino acid sequences of 25 archaeal retinal proteins from 13 different strains of extreme halophiles were analyzed to establish their molecular phylogenetic relationship. On the basis of amino acid sequence similarity, these proteins apparently formed a distinct family designated as the archaeal rhodopsin family (ARF), which was not related to other(More)
In many prokaryotic species, 16S rRNA genes are present in multiple copies, and their sequences in general do not differ significantly owing to concerted evolution. At the time of writing, the genus Haloarcula of the family Halobacteriaceae comprises nine species with validly published names, all of which possess two to four highly heterogeneous 16S rRNA(More)
Halobacterium salinarum sensory rhodopsin I (HsSRI), a dual receptor regulating both negative and positive phototaxis in haloarchaea, transmits light signals through changes in protein-protein interactions with its transducer, halobacterial transducer protein I (HtrI). Haloarchaea also have another sensor pigment, sensory rhodopsin II (SRII), which(More)
Pex, a clock-related protein involved in the input pathway of the cyanobacterial circadian clock system, suppresses the expression of clock gene kaiA and lengthens the circadian period. Here, we determined the crystal structure of Anabaena Pex (AnaPex; Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120) and Synechococcus Pex (SynPex; Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942). Pex is a(More)
Cruxrhodopsin-3 (cR3), a retinylidene protein found in the claret membrane of Haloarcula vallismortis, functions as a light-driven proton pump. In this study, the membrane fusion method was applied to crystallize cR3 into a crystal belonging to space group P321. Diffraction data at 2.1 Å resolution show that cR3 forms a trimeric assembly with(More)
Sensory rhodopsin I (SRI) is one of the most interesting photo- sensory receptors because of its function in using the photochromic reaction to mediate opposing signals which depend on the color of light. It was initially thought that SRI exists only in the archaea, but we recently reported for the first time a newly functional SRI from a eubacterium,(More)
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