Yoshihito Takahata

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Although several types of plant cells retain the competence to enter into embryonic development without fertilization, the molecular mechanism(s) underlying ectopic embryogenesis is largely unknown. To gain insight into this mechanism, in a previous study we identified 136 ESTs specifically expressed in microspore embryogenesis of Brassica napus. Here, we(More)
Factors influencing reliable shoot regeneration from leaf explants of rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) were examined. Addition of AgNO3 to callus induction medium was significantly effective for shoot regeneration in all three genotypes initially tested. When 48 genotypes subsequently were surveyed, a large variation of shoot regenerability was observed,(More)
Radish (Raphanus sativus L., n = 9) is one of the major vegetables in Asia. Since the genomes of Brassica and related species including radish underwent genome rearrangement, it is quite difficult to perform functional analysis based on the reported genomic sequence of Brassica rapa. Therefore, we performed genome sequencing of radish. Short reads of(More)
To understand the molecular mechanisms intrinsic to reproductive organ development a cDNA microarray, fabricated from flower bud cDNA clones, was used to isolate genes, which are specifically expressed during the development of the anther and pistil in Lotus japonicus. Cluster analysis of the microarray data revealed 21 and 111 independent cDNA groups,(More)
A novel variant of soybean Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (SKTI) was detected in 530 lines of wild soybean (Glycine soja). This variant showed an intermediate electrophoretic mobility between the Tia and Tic types. In isoelectric focusing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis gels containing urea, this variant had a similar isoelectric point as that of Tia. The(More)
 A procedure for producing transgenic Chinese cabbage plants by inoculating cotyledonary explants with Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA101 carrying a binary vector pIG121Hm, which contains kanamycin-resistance and hygromycin-resistance genes and the GUS reporter gene, is described. Infection was most effective (highest infection frequency) when explants(More)
Ability of shoot regeneration from cotyledonary explants of rapeseed (B. napus) was surveyed for 100 cultivars. Effects of explant age and plant growth regulators were determined before screening the genotypes. The optimal condition required 4-day-old cotyledons as explant and 4.0 mg/l benzylaminopurine as plant growth regulator. Gas-permeable tape as(More)
Inheritance of microspore embryogenic ability in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) and Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L. ssp. pekinensis) was examined by 4 × 4 diallel crosses using cultivars showing a different response. In both species, embryo yields of most F1 hybrids were similar to, or over, the high responsive parent and some F1s showed(More)
To understand the mechanism in induction of embryogenesis from microspores of Brassica napus, we isolated exhaustively the genes expressed differentially during the early stage of microspore culture. A subtracted cDNA library composed of up-regulated genes during androgenic initiation was produced by suppression subtractive hybridization followed by(More)
Medium conditions for reliable shoot regeneration from cotyledonary explants of Chinese cabbage were examined. Maximum shoot regeneration was obtained in the presence of 5 mg/l BA and 0.5 mg/l NAA. Shoot induction was further improved by the addition of AgNO3 as well as higher concentrations (1.2–1.6%) of agar in the regeneration medium. When 123 genotypes(More)