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Kanji Okumoto Last modified date:2022.06.13

Assistant Professor / Informational biology
Department of Biology
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Academic Degree
Studies on RING finger peroxins, Pex10p and Pex12p: cDNA cloning and functional analysis
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Molecular cell biology
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Research: The system regulating homeostasis of peroxisomes, including the biogenesis, morphology, and metabolic functions. Peroxisome biogenesis and its dysfunction in human disorders.
Educatuion: Two experimental classes (fundamental biological experiments and applied cell biology); A class of molecular cell biology.
Social activity: none.
Research Interests
  • Studies on peroxisome biogenesis and the homeostasis
    keyword : Peroixsome, homeostasis, ubiquitin, phosphorylation
    2003.02Studies on intracellular protein traffic using peroxisome as a model organelle. Most focused issue is how three RING finger peroxins (peroxisome assembly factors) function in import of peroxisome matrix proteins..
Academic Activities
1. Yukio Fujiki, 奥本 寛治, 向井 悟, 田村 茂彦, Molecular basis for peroxisome biogenesis disorders, Molecular machines involved in peroxisome biogenesis and maintenance, Springer-Verlag, Wien, Austria. pp. 91-110, 2014.10.
1. Yukito Aiba, Jihoon Kim, Arata Imamura, Kanji Okumoto, Nobushige Nakajo, Regulation of Myt1 kinase activity via its N-terminal region in Xenopus meiosis and mitosis, Cells & development, 10.1016/j.cdev.2021.203754, 169, 203754-203754, 2022.03.
2. Kanji Okumoto, Mahmoud El Shermely, Masanao Natsui, Hidetaka Kosako, Ryuichi Natsuyama, Toshihiro Marutani, Yukio Fujiki, The peroxisome counteracts oxidative stresses by suppressing catalase import via Pex14 phosphorylation, eLife, 10.7554/elife.55896, 9, 2020.08, Most of peroxisomal matrix proteins including a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-decomposing enzyme, catalase, are imported in a peroxisome-targeting signal type-1 (PTS1)-dependent manner. However, little is known about regulation of the membrane-bound protein import machinery. Here, we report that Pex14, a central component of the protein translocation complex in peroxisomal membrane, is phosphorylated in response to oxidative stresses such as H2O2 in mammalian cells. The H2O2-induced phosphorylation of Pex14 at Ser232 suppresses peroxisomal import of catalase in vivo and selectively impairs in vitro the interaction of catalase with the Pex14-Pex5 complex. A phosphomimetic mutant Pex14-S232D elevates the level of cytosolic catalase, but not canonical PTS1-proteins, conferring higher cell resistance to H2O2. We thus suggest that the H2O2-induced phosphorylation of Pex14 spatiotemporally regulates peroxisomal import of catalase, functioning in counteracting action against oxidative stress by the increase of cytosolic catalase..
3. Yukio Fujiki, Yuichi Abe, Yuuta Imoto, Akemi J. Tanaka, Kanji Okumoto, Masanori Honsho, Shigehiko Tamura, Non Miyata, Toshihide Yamashita, Wendy K. Chung, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Recent insights into peroxisome biogenesis and associated diseases, Journal of Cell Science, 10.1242/jcs.236943, 133, 9, 2020.05, Peroxisomes are single-membrane organelles present in eukaryotes. The functional importance of peroxisomes in humans is represented by peroxisome-deficient peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBDs), including Zellweger syndrome. Defects in the genes that encode the 14 peroxins that are required for peroxisomal membrane assembly, matrix protein import and division have been identified in PBDs. A number of recent findings have advanced our understanding of the biology, physiology and consequences of functional defects in peroxisomes. In this Review, we discuss a cooperative cell defense mechanisms against oxidative stress that involves the localization of BAK (also known as BAK1) to peroxisomes, which alters peroxisomal membrane permeability, resulting in the export of catalase, a peroxisomal enzyme. Another important recent finding is the discovery of a nucleoside diphosphate kinase-like protein that has been shown to be essential for how the energy GTP is generated and provided for the fission of peroxisomes. With regard to PBDs, we newly identified a mild mutation, Pex26-F51L that causes only hearing loss. We will also discuss findings from a new PBD model mouse defective in Pex14, which manifested dysregulation of the BDNF-TrkB pathway, an essential signaling pathway in cerebellar morphogenesis. Here, we thus aim to provide a current view of peroxisome biogenesis and the molecular pathogenesis of PBDs..
4. Michael M. Dubreuil, David W. Morgens, Kanji Okumoto, Masanori Honsho, Kévin Contrepois, Brittany Lee-McMullen, Gavin Mc Allister Traber, Ria S. Sood, Scott J. Dixon, Michael P. Snyder, Yukio Fujiki, Michael C. Bassik, Systematic Identification of Regulators of Oxidative Stress Reveals Non-canonical Roles for Peroxisomal Import and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway, Cell Reports, 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.01.013, 30, 5, 1417-1433.e7, 2020.02, Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play critical roles in metabolism and disease, yet a comprehensive analysis of the cellular response to oxidative stress is lacking. To systematically identify regulators of oxidative stress, we conducted genome-wide Cas9/CRISPR and shRNA screens. This revealed a detailed picture of diverse pathways that control oxidative stress response, ranging from the TCA cycle and DNA repair machineries to iron transport, trafficking, and metabolism. Paradoxically, disrupting the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) at the level of phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (PGD) protects cells against ROS. This dramatically alters metabolites in the PPP, consistent with rewiring of upper glycolysis to promote antioxidant production. In addition, disruption of peroxisomal import unexpectedly increases resistance to oxidative stress by altering the localization of catalase. Together, these studies provide insights into the roles of peroxisomal matrix import and the PPP in redox biology and represent a rich resource for understanding the cellular response to oxidative stress. Despite its importance in metabolism and disease, a comprehensive analysis of the cellular response to oxidative stress is lacking. Here, Dubreuil et al. use genome-wide screens to identify cellular regulators of oxidative stress. They investigate paradoxical mechanisms by which disruption of the pentose phosphate and peroxisomal import pathways protect cells..
5. Yuuta Imoto, Yuichi Abe, Kanji Okumoto, Mio Ohnuma, Haruko Kuroiwa, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Yukio Fujiki, Dynamics of the nucleoside diphosphate kinase protein DYNAMO2 correlates with the changes in the global GTP level during the cell cycle of Cyanidioschyzon merolae, Proceedings of the Japan Academy Series B: Physical and Biological Sciences, 10.2183/pjab.95.007, 95, 2, 75-85, 2019.01, GTP is an essential source of energy that supports a large array of cellular mechanochemical structures ranging from protein synthesis machinery to cytoskeletal apparatus for maintaining the cell cycle. However, GTP regulation during the cell cycle has been difficult to investigate because of heterogenous levels of GTP in asynchronous cell cycles and genetic redundancy of the GTP-generating enzymes. Here, in the unicellular red algae Cyanidioschyzon merolae, we demonstrated that the ATP-GTP-converting enzyme DYNAMO2 is an essential regulator of global GTP levels during the cell cycle. The cell cycle of C. merolae can be highly synchronized by light/dark stimulations to examine GTP levels at desired time points. Importantly, the genome of C. merolae encodes only two isoforms of the ATP-GTP-converting enzyme, namely DYNAMO1 and DYNAMO2. DYNAMO1 regulates organelle divisions, whereas DYNAMO2 is entirely localized in the cytoplasm. DYNAMO2 protein levels increase during the S-M phases, and changes in GTP levels are correlated with these DYNAMO2 protein levels. These results indicate that DYNAMO2 is a potential regulator of global GTP levels during the cell cycle..
6. Akemi J. Tanaka, Kanji Okumoto, Shigehiko Tamura, Yuichi Abe, Yoel Hirsch, Liyong Deng, Joseph Ekstein, Wendy K. Chung, Yukio Fujiki, A newly identified mutation in the PEX26 gene is associated with a milder form of Zellweger spectrum disorder, Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies, 10.1101/mcs.a003483, 5, 1, 2019.01, Using clinical exome sequencing (ES), we identified an autosomal recessive missense variant, c.153C>A (p.F51L), in the peroxisome biogenesis factor 26 gene (PEX26) in a 19-yr-old female of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who was referred for moderate to severe hearing loss. The proband and three affected siblings are all homozygous for the c.153C>A variant. Skin fibroblasts from this patient show normal morphology in immu-nostaining of matrix proteins, although the level of catalase was elevated. Import rate of matrix proteins was significantly decreased in the patient-derived fibroblasts. Binding of Pex26-F51L to the AAA ATPase peroxins, Pex1 and Pex6, is severely impaired and affects peroxisome assembly. Moreover, Pex26 in the patient’s fibroblasts is reduced to ∼30% of the control, suggesting that Pex26-F51L is unstable in cells. In the patient’s fibroblasts, peroxisome-targeting signal 1 (PTS1) proteins, PTS2 protein 3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase, and catalase are present in a punctate staining pattern at 37°C and in a diffuse pattern at 42°C, suggesting that these matrix proteins are not imported to peroxisomes in a temperature-sensitive manner. Analysis of peroxisomal metabolism in the patient’s fibroblasts showed that the level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (C22:6n-3) in ether phospholipids is decreased, whereas other lipid metabolism, including peroxisomal fatty acid β-oxidation, is normal. Collectively, the functional data support the mild phenotype of nonsyndromic hearing loss in patients harboring the F51L variant in PEX26..
7. Yuuta Imoto, Yuichi Abe, Masanori Honsho, Kanji Okumoto, Mio Ohnuma, Haruko Kuroiwa, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Yukio Fujiki, Onsite GTP fuelling via DYNAMO1 drives division of mitochondria and peroxisomes, Nature communications, 10.1038/s41467-018-07009-z, 9, 1, 2018.12, Mitochondria and peroxisomes proliferate by division. During division, a part of their membrane is pinched off by constriction of the ring-shaped mitochondrial division (MD) and peroxisome-dividing (POD) machinery. This constriction is mediated by a dynamin-like GTPase Dnm1 that requires a large amount of GTP as an energy source. Here, via proteomics of the isolated division machinery, we show that the 17-kDa nucleoside diphosphate kinase-like protein, dynamin-based ring motive-force organizer 1 (DYNAMO1), locally generates GTP in MD and POD machineries. DYNAMO1 is widely conserved among eukaryotes and colocalizes with Dnm1 on the division machineries. DYNAMO1 converts ATP to GTP, and disruption of its activity impairs mitochondrial and peroxisomal fissions. DYNAMO1 forms a ring-shaped complex with Dnm1 and increases the magnitude of the constricting force. Our results identify DYNAMO1 as an essential component of MD and POD machineries, suggesting that local GTP generation in Dnm1-based machinery regulates motive force for membrane severance..
8. Hajime Niwa, Yasuhiro Miyauchi-Nanri, Kanji Okumoto, Satoru Mukai, Kentaro Noi, Teru Ogura, Yukio Fujiki, A newly isolated Pex7-binding, atypical PTS2 protein P7BP2 is a novel dynein-type AAA+ protein, Journal of Biochemistry, 10.1093/jb/mvy073, 164, 6, 437-447, 2018.12, A newly isolated binding protein of peroxisomal targeting signal type 2 (PTS2) receptor Pex7, termed P7BP2, is transported into peroxisomes by binding to the longer isoform of Pex5p, Pex5pL, via Pex7p. The binding to Pex7p and peroxisomal localization of P7BP2 depends on the cleavable PTS2 in the N-terminal region, suggesting that P7BP2 is a new PTS2 protein. By search on human database, three AAA+ domains are found in the N-terminal half of P7BP2. Protein sequence alignment and motif search reveal that in the C-terminal region P7BP2 contains additional structural domains featuring weak but sufficient homology to AAA+ domain. P7BP2 behaves as a monomer in gel-filtration chromatography and the single molecule observed under atomic force microscope shapes a disc-like ring. Collectively, these results suggest that P7BP2 is a novel dynein-type AAA+ family protein, of which domains are arranged into a pseudo-hexameric ring structure..
9. Kanji Okumoto, Tatsuaki Ono, Ryusuke Toyama, Ayako Shimomura, Aiko Nagata, Yukio Fujiki, New splicing variants of mitochondrial Rho GTPase-1 (Miro1) transport peroxisomes, Journal of Cell Biology, 10.1083/jcb.201708122, 217, 2, 619-633, 2018.02, Microtubule-dependent long-distance movement of peroxisomes occurs in mammalian cells. However, its molecular mechanisms remain undefined. In this study, we identified three distinct splicing variants of human mitochondrial Rho GTPase-1 (Miro1), each containing amino acid sequence insertions 1 (named Miro1-var2), 2 (Miro1-var3), and both 1 and 2 (Miro1-var4), respectively, at upstream of the transmembrane domain. Miro1-var4 and Miro1-var2 are localized to peroxisomes in a manner dependent on the insertion 1 that is recognized by the cytosolic receptor Pex19p. Exogenous expression of Miro1-var4 induces accumulation of peroxisomes at the cell periphery and augments long-range movement of peroxisomes along microtubules. Depletion of all Miro1 variants by knocking down MIRO1 suppresses the long-distance movement of peroxisomes. Such abrogated movement is restored by reexpression of peroxisomal Miro1 variants. Collectively, our findings identify for the first time peroxisome-localized Miro1 variants as adapter proteins that link peroxisomes to the microtubule-dependent transport complexes including TRAK2 in the intracellular translocation of peroxisomes in mammalian cells..
10. Kanji Okumoto, Non Miyata, Yukio Fujiki, Identification of peroxisomal protein complexes with PTS receptors, pex5 and pex7, in mammalian cells, Subcellular Biochemistry, 10.1007/978-981-13-2233-4_12, 287-298, 2018.01, Pex5 and Pex7 are cytosolic receptors for peroxisome targeting signal type-1 (PTS1) and type-2 (PTS2), respectively, and play a pivotal role in import of peroxisomal matrix proteins. Recent advance in mass spectrometry analysis has facilitated comprehensive analysis of protein-protein interaction network by a combination with immunoprecipitation or biochemical purification. In this chapter, we introduce several findings obtained by these methods applied to mammalian cells. Exploring Pex5-binding partners in mammalian cells revealed core components comprising the import machinery complex of matrix proteins and a number of PTS1-type cargo proteins. Biochemical purification of the Pex5-export stimulating factor from rat liver cytosol fraction identified Awp1, providing further insight into molecular mechanisms of the export step of mono-ubiquitinated Pex5. Identification of DDB1 (damage-specific DNA-binding protein 1), a component of CRL4 (Cullin4A-RING ubiquitin ligase) E3 complex, as a Pex7-interacting protein revealed that quality control of Pex7 by CRL4A is important for PTS2 protein import by preventing the accumulation of dysfunctional Pex7. Furthermore, analysis of binding partners of an intraperoxisomal processing enzyme, trypsin-domain containing 1 (Tysnd1), showed a protein network regulating peroxisomal fatty acid β-oxidation..
11. Non Miyata, Kanji Okumoto, Yukio Fujiki, Cell death or survival against oxidative stress, Subcellular Biochemistry, 10.1007/978-981-13-2233-4_20, 463-471, 2018.01, Peroxisomes contain anabolic and catabolic enzymes including oxidases that produce hydrogen peroxide as a by-product. Peroxisomes also contain catalase to metabolize hydrogen peroxide. It has been recognized that catalase is localized to cytosol in addition to peroxisomes. A recent study has revealed that loss of VDAC2 shifts localization of BAK, a pro-apoptotic member of Bcl-2 family, from mitochondria to peroxisomes and cytosol, thereby leading to release of peroxisomal matrix proteins including catalase to the cytosol. A subset of BAK is localized to peroxisomes even in wild-type cells, regulating peroxisomal membrane permeability and catalase localization. The cytosolic catalase potentially acts as an antioxidant to eliminate extra-peroxisomal hydrogen peroxide..
12. Yukio Fujiki, Non Miyata, Satoru Mukai, Kanji Okumoto, Emily H. Cheng, BAK regulates catalase release from peroxisomes, Molecular & Cellular Oncology, 4, 3, 2017.03, Loss of voltage-dependent anion channel 2 (VDAC2) leads to impaired peroxisome biogenesis in mammalian cells. Knockdown of BAK restores peroxisomal biogenesis in VDAC2-deficient cells, where BAK localization shifts from mitochondria to peroxisomes. Moreover, overexpression of BAK activators in wild-type cells permeabilizes peroxisomes in a BAK-dependent manner. Together, BAK most likely regulates peroxisomal membrane permeability..
13. Shoko Abe, Tomoaki Nagai, Moe Masukawa, Kanji Okumoto, Yuta Homma, Yukio Fujiki, Kensaku Mizuno, Localization of protein kinase NDR2 to peroxisomes and its role in ciliogenesis, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 10.1074/jbc.M117.775916, 292, 10, 4089-4098, 2017.03, Nuclear Dbf2-related (NDR) kinases, comprising NDR1 and NDR2, are serine/threonine kinases that play crucial roles in the control of cell proliferation, apoptosis, and morphogenesis. We recently showed that NDR2, but not NDR1, is involved in primary cilium formation; however, the mechanism underlying their functional difference in ciliogenesis is unknown. To address this issue, we examined their subcellular localization. Despite their close sequence similarity, NDR2 exhibited punctate localization in the cytoplasm, whereas NDR1 was diffusely distributed within the cell. Notably, NDR2 puncta mostly co-localized with the peroxisome marker proteins, catalase and CFP-SKL (cyan fluorescent protein carrying the C-terminal typical peroxisome-targeting signal type-1 (PTS1) sequence, Ser-Lys-Leu). NDR2 contains the PTS1-like sequence, Gly-Lys-Leu, at the C-terminal end, whereas the C-terminal end of NDR1 is Ala-Lys. An NDR2 mutant lacking the C-terminal Leu, NDR2(ΔL), exhibited almost diffuse distribution in cells. Additionally, NDR2, but neither NDR1 nor NDR2(ΔL), bound to the PTS1 receptor Pex5p. Together, these findings indicate that NDR2 localizes to the peroxisome by using the C-terminal GKL sequence. Intriguingly, topology analysis of NDR2 suggests that NDR2 is exposed to the cytosolic surface of the peroxisome. The expression of wild-type NDR2, but not NDR2(ΔL), recovered the suppressive effect of NDR2 knockdown on ciliogenesis. Furthermore, knockdown of peroxisome biogenesis factor genes (PEX1 or PEX3) partially suppressed ciliogenesis. These results suggest that the peroxisomal localization of NDR2 is implicated in its function to promote primary cilium formation..
14. Ken-ichiro Hosoi, Non Miyata, Satoru Mukai, Satomi Furuki, Kanji Okumoto, Emily H. Cheng, Yukio Fujiki, The VDAC2-BAK axis regulates peroxisomal membrane permeability, Journal of Cell Biology, 10.1083/jcb.201605002, 216, 3, 709-722, 2017.03, Peroxisomal biogenesis disorders (PBDs) are fatal genetic diseases consisting of 14 complementation groups (CGs). We previously isolated a peroxisome-deficient Chinese hamster ovary cell mutant, ZP114, which belongs to none of these CGs. Using a functional screening strategy, VDAC2 was identified as rescuing the peroxisomal deficiency of ZP114 where VDAC2 expression was not detected. Interestingly, knockdown of BAK or overexpression of the BAK inhibitors BCL-XL and MCL-1 restored peroxisomal biogenesis in ZP114 cells. Although VDAC2 is not localized to the peroxisome, loss of VDAC2 shifts the localization of BAK from mitochondria to peroxisomes, resulting in peroxisomal deficiency. Introduction of peroxisome-targeted BAK harboring the Pex26p transmembrane region into wild-type cells resulted in the release of peroxisomal matrix proteins to cytosol. Moreover, overexpression of BAK activators PUMA and BIM permeabilized peroxisomes in a BAK-dependent manner. Collectively, these findings suggest that BAK plays a role in peroxisomal permeability, similar to mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization..
15. Kanji Okumoto, Shigehiko Tamura, Yukio Fujiki, Blue native PAGE Applications to study peroxisome biogenesis, Methods in Molecular Biology, 10.1007/978-1-4939-6937-1_18, 1595, 197-205, 2017.01, Blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) is one of the useful methods to isolate protein complexes including membrane proteins under native conditions. In BN-PAGE, Coomassie Brilliant Blue G-250 binds to proteins and provides a negative charge for the electrophoretic separation without denaturing at neutral pH, allowing the analysis of molecular mass, oligomeric state, and composition of native protein complexes. BN-PAGE is widely applied to the characterization of soluble protein complexes as well as isolation of membrane protein complexes from biological membranes such as the complexes I–V of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and subcomplexes of the mitochondrial protein import machinery. BN-PAGE has also been introduced in the field of peroxisome research, for example, analysis of translocation machinery for peroxisomal matrix proteins embedded in the peroxisomal membrane. Here, we describe a basic protocol of BN-PAGE and its application to the study of peroxisome biogenesis..
16. Yuuta Imoto, Yuichi Abe, Kanji Okumoto, Masanori Honsho, Haruko Kuroiwa, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Yukio Fujiki, Defining the dynamin-based ring organizing center on the peroxisome-dividing machinery isolated from Cyanidioschyzon merolae, Journal of Cell Science, 10.1242/jcs.199182, 130, 5, 853-867, 2017.01, Organelle division is executed through contraction of a ring-shaped supramolecular dividing machinery. A core component of the machinery is the dynamin-based ring conserved during the division of mitochondrion, plastid and peroxisome. Here, using isolated peroxisome-dividing (POD) machinery from a unicellular red algae, Cyanidioschyzon merolae, we identified a dynamin-based ring organizing center (DOC) that acts as an initiation point for formation of the dynamin-based ring. C. merolae contains a single peroxisome, the division of which can be highly synchronized by light-dark stimulation; thus, intact POD machinery can be isolated in bulk. Dynamin-based ring homeostasis is maintained by the turnover of the GTP-bound form of the dynamin-related protein Dnm1 between the cytosol and division machinery via the DOC. A single DOC is formed on the POD machinery with a diameter of 500-700 nm, and the dynamin-based ring is unidirectionally elongated from the DOC in a manner that is dependent on GTP concentration. During the later step of membrane fission, the second DOC is formed and constructs the double dynamin-based ring to make the machinery thicker. These findings provide new insights to define fundamental mechanisms underlying the dynamin-based membrane fission in eukaryotic cells..
17. Kanji Okumoto, Yukio Fujiki, Generation of peroxisome-deficient somatic animal cell mutants, Methods in Molecular Biology, 10.1007/978-1-4939-6937-1_29, 1595, 319-327, 2017.01, Cell mutants with a genetic defect affecting various cellular phenotypes are widely utilized as a powerful tool in genetic, biochemical, and cell biological research. More than a dozen complementation groups of animal somatic mutant cells defective in peroxisome biogenesis have been successfully isolated in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells and used as a model system reflecting fatal human severe genetic disorders named peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBD). Isolation and characterization of peroxisome-deficient CHO cell mutants has allowed the identification of PEX genes and the gene products peroxins, which directly leads to the accomplishment of isolation of pathogenic genes responsible for human PBDs, as well as elucidation of their functional roles in peroxisome biogenesis. Here, we describe the procedure to isolate peroxisome-deficient mammalian cell mutants from CHO cells, by making use of an effective, photo-sensitized selection method..
18. Kanji Okumoto, Masanori Honsho, Yuqiong Liu, Yukio Fujiki, Peroxisomal membrane and matrix protein import using a semi-intact mammalian cell system, Methods in Molecular Biology, 10.1007/978-1-4939-6937-1_20, 1595, 213-219, 2017.01, Peroxisomes are essential intracellular organelles that catalyze a number of essential metabolic pathways including β-oxidation of very long chain fatty acids, synthesis of plasmalogen, bile acids, and generation and degradation of hydrogen peroxide. These peroxisomal functions are accomplished by strictly and spatiotemporally regulated compartmentalization of the enzymes catalyzing these reactions. Defects in peroxisomal protein import result in inherited peroxisome biogenesis disorders in humans. Peroxisomal matrix and membrane proteins are synthesized on free ribosomes and transported to peroxisomes in a manner dependent on their specific targeting signals and their receptors. Peroxisomal protein import can be analyzed using a semi-intact assay system, in which targeting efficiency is readily monitored by immunofluorescence microscopy. Furthermore, cytosolic factors required for peroxisomal protein import can be manipulated, suggesting that the semi-intact system is a useful and convenient system to uncover the molecular mechanisms of peroxisomal protein import..
19. Yukio Fujiki, Kanji Okumoto, Masanori Honsho, Protein Import into Peroxisomes: the principles and methods of studying (version 2.0), Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, 2015.04.
20. Yukio Fujiki, Kanji Okumoto, 向井 悟, Masanori Honsho, SHIGEHIKO TAMURA, Peroxisome biogenesis in mammalian cells., Frontiers in Physiology, 10.3389/fphys.2014.00307, 5, Article 307, 1-8, 2014.08.
21. Kanji Okumoto, Yukio Fujiki, 野田浩美, Distinct modes of ubiquitination of peroxisome-targeting signal type 1 (PTS1)-receptor Pex5p regulate PTS1 protein import, J. Biol. Chem., 10.1074/jbc.M113.527937, 289, 20, 14089-14108, 2014.05.
22. Y. Fujiki, Kanji Okumoto, S. Mukai, Shigehiko Tamura, Molecular basis for peroxisome biogenesis disorders, Molecular Machines Involved in Peroxisome Biogenesis and Maintenance, 10.1007/978-3-7091-1788-0_5, 91-110, 2014.02, The functional importance of peroxisomes in humans is highlighted by peroxisome-deficient peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBDs) such as Zellweger syndrome (ZS), autosomal recessive, and progressive disorders characterized by loss of multiple peroxisomal metabolic functions and defects in peroxisome assembly, consisting of 13 complementation groups (CGs). Two mutually distinct but complementary approaches, forward genetic approach using more than a dozen CGs of peroxisome-deficient Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell mutants and the homology search by screening the human expressed sequence tag (EST) database using yeast peroxin (PEX) genes, have been taken in order to isolate mammalian PEX genes. Search for pathogenic genes responsible for PBDs of all 13 CGs is now accomplished. Gene defects of peroxins required for both membrane assembly and matrix protein import are identified: ten mammalian pathogenic peroxins, Pex1p, Pex2p, Pex5p, Pex6p, Pex7p, Pex10p, Pex12p, Pex13p, Pex14p, and Pex26p, for 10 CGs of PBDs, are required for matrix protein import; three, Pex3p, Pex16p, and Pex19p, are essential for peroxisome membrane assembly and responsible for the most severe ZS in PBDs of three CGs, 12, 9, and 14, respectively; PEX11β mutation causes dysmorphogenesis of peroxisomes in ZS-like phenotype of CG16. Patients with severe ZS with defects of PEX3, PEX16, and PEX19 tend to carry severe mutation such as nonsense mutations, frameshifts, and deletions. Prenatal DNA diagnosis using PEX genes is now possible for PBDs of all 13 CGs..
23. Masafumi Noguchi, Kanji Okumoto, Yukio Fujiki, System to quantify the import of peroxisomal matrix proteins by fluorescence intensity, GENES TO CELLS, 10.1111/gtc.12051, 18, 6, 476-492, 2013.06.
24. Ryuichi Natsuyama, Kanji Okumoto, Yukio Fujiki, Pex5p stabilizes Pex14p: a study using a newly isolated pex5 CHO cell mutant, ZPEG101, Biochem J., 10.1042/BJ20120911., 449, 1, 195-207, 2013.01.
25. 宮田暖, 奥本寛治, 向井悟, 野口雅史, 藤木幸夫, AWP1/ZFAND6 functions in Pex5 export by interacting with cys-monoubiquitinated Pex5 and Pex6 AAA ATPase, Traffic, 10.1111/j.1600-0854.2011.01298.x., 13, 1, 168-183, 2012.01.
26. 藤木幸夫, 名城千加, 宮田暖, 田村茂彦, 奥本寛治, New insights into dynamic and functional assembly of the AAA peroxins, Pex1p and Pex6p, and their membrane receptor Pex26p in shuttling of PTS1-receptor Pex5p during peroxisome biogenesis, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 10.1111/j.1600-0854.2011.01298.x., 1823, 1, 145-149, 2012.01.
27. 奥本寛治, 亀谷紫, 藤木幸夫, Two proteases, trypsin domain-containing 1 (Tysnd1) and peroxisomal lon protease (PsLon), cooperatively regulate fatty acid β-oxidation in peroxisomal matrix, J. Biol. Chem., 286, 52, 44367-44379, 2011.12.
28. 奥本寛治, 美園紗知, 宮田暖, 松元由依, 向井悟, 藤木幸夫, Cysteine-ubiquitination of peroxisome-targeting-signal type 1 (PTS1)-receptor Pex5p regulates Pex5p import and export, Traffic, 2011.05.
29. 藤木幸夫, 奥本寛治, 木下尚彦, Kamran Ghaedi, Lessons from peroxisome-deficient Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell mutants., Biochim Biophys Acta, 2006.01.
30. 田中敦, 奥本寛治, 藤木幸夫, cDNA cloning and characterization of the third isoform in human peroxin Pex11p., Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 10.1016/S0006-291X(02)02936-4, 300, 4, 819-823, 300(4), 819-823, 2003.01.
31. 奥本寛治, 阿部巧, 藤木幸夫, Molecular anatomy of the peroxin Pex12p: RING finger domain is essential for Pex12p function and interacts with the peroxisome-targeting signal type 1-receptor Pex5p and a RING peroxin, Pex10p., J. Biol. Chem, 10.1074/jbc.M003303200, 275, 33, 25700-25710, 275(33), 25700-25710, 2000.08.
32. Ghaedi Kamran, 田村茂彦, 奥本寛治, 松園裕嗣, 藤木幸夫, The peroxin Pex3p initiates membrane assembly in peroxisome biogenesis., Mol. Biol. Cell, 11, 6, 2085-2102, 11(6),2085-102, 2000.06.
33. 藤木幸夫, 奥本寛治, 大寺秀典, 田村茂彦, Peroxisome biogenesis and molecular defects in peroxisome assembly disorders, Cell Biochem. Biophys., 10.1385/CBB:32:1-3:155, 32, 1, 155-164, 2000.04.
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1. Kanji Okumoto, Yuichi Yagita, Masanori Honsho, and Yukio Fujiki, Biogenesis of peroxisomal tail-anchored membrane proteins, new splicing variants of Miro1, acyl-CoA binding domain containing protein 5 (ACBD5), and peroxin Pex26p., International Symposium on “Proteins: From the Cradle to the Grave”, 2018.08.
2. Functional analysis of P5BP1, a novel protein interacting with PTS1 recepor Pex5p.
3. Kanji Okumoto, Hiromi Noda, Yukio Fujiki, RING peroxin complexes comprising Pex10p and Pex12p ubiquitinate the PTS1 receptor Pex5p and regulate its shuttling between peroxisomes and the cytosol., PerFuMe Kick-off Conference, 2013.12.
4. Identification of P5BP1, a novel protein interacting with PTS1 recepor Pex5p.
5. Novel function of peroxisome-targeting signal type 1 (PTS1)-receptor Pex5p in Pex14p stability .
6. Several distinct modes of ubiquitination of peroxisome-targeting signal type 1 (PTS1)-receptor Pex5p regulate peroxisomal matrix protein import.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Society for Cell Biology
  • The Japanese Biochemistry Society
  • The Molecular Biology Society of Japan
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A experimental class of Applied Cell Physiology.
Classes of General Science Experiments, Molecular Cell Biology, and Research Administration I .
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ESSP (Excellent Students in Science) project for High school students