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Mikako Yagi Last modified date:2021.06.15

Assistant Professor / section of medical science and technology
Department of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medical Sciences

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Clinical chemistry Genetic testing
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
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  • Mitochondria regulate autophagy and metabolites of aging-related diseases
    keyword : motochondria autophagy
Academic Activities
1. Takayuki Ohnuma, Mikako Yagi, Takeshi Yamagami, Toki Taira, Yoichi Aso, Masatsune Ishiguro, Molecular cloning, functional expression, and mutagenesis of cDNA encoding rye (Secale cereale) seed chitinase-c, BIOSCIENCE BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, 66, 2, 277-284, 2002.02, We cloned a complete cDNA encoding rye seed chitinase-c, designated RSC-c, by rapid amplification of cDNA end and PCR procedures. The cDNA of RSC-c consists of 1,018 nucleotides and includes an open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 266 amino acid residues. A recombinant RSC-c was produced by expression in Escherichia coli Origami(DE3) and purified. rRSC-c had almost the same chitinase activity toward glycolchitin and antifungal activity against Trichoderma sp. as the authentic RSC-c did. RSC-c mutants were subsequently constructed and characterized with respect to their chitinase and antifungal activities. Mutation of Glu67 to Gln completely abolished the chitinase activity and diminished the antifungal activity. Considerable decreases in both activities were observed in the mutations of Trp72 and Ser120 to Ala, and Glu89 to Gln. The roles of these residues in the catalytic event of RSC-c are discussed..
2. Amamoto, R., Yagi, M., Song, Y. H., Oda, Y., Tsuneyoshi, M., Naito, S., Yokomizo, A., Kuroiwa, K., Tokunaga, S., Kato, S., Hiura, H., Samori, T., Kang, D. & Uchiumi, T.,, Mitochondrial p32/C1QBP is highly expressed in prostate cancer and is associated with shorter prostate-specific antigen relapse time after radical prostatectomy, CANCER SCIENCE, 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2010.01828.x, 102, 3, 639-647, 2011.03.
3. Mikako Yagi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Shinya Takazaki, Bungo Okuno, Masatoshi Nomura, Shin Ichi Yoshida, Tomotake Kanki, Dongchon Kang, p32/gC1qR is indispensable for fetal development and mitochondrial translation: importance of its RNA-binding ability, NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, 10.1093/nar/gks774, 40, 19, 9717-9737, 2012.10, p32 is an evolutionarily conserved and ubiquitously expressed multifunctional protein. Although p32 exists at diverse intra and extracellular sites, it is predominantly localized to the mitochondrial matrix near the nucleoid associated with mitochondrial transcription factor A. Nonetheless, its function in the matrix is poorly understood. Here, we determined p32 function via generation of p32-knockout mice. p32-deficient mice exhibited midgestation lethality associated with a severe developmental defect of the embryo. Primary embryonic fibroblasts isolated from p32-knockout embryos showed severe dysfunction of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, because of severely impaired mitochondrial protein synthesis. Recombinant p32 binds RNA, not DNA, and endogenous p32 interacts with all mitochondrial messenger RNA species in vivo. The RNA-binding ability of p32 is well correlated with the mitochondrial translation. Coimmunoprecipitation revealed the close association of p32 with the mitoribosome. We propose that p32 is required for functional mitoribosome formation to synthesize proteins within mitochondria..
4. Toshiro Saito, Takeshi Uchiumi, Mikako Yagi, Rie Amamoto, Daiki Setoyama, Yuichi Matsushima, Dongchon Kang, Cardiomyocyte-specific loss of mitochondrial p32/C1qbp causes cardiomyopathy and activates stress responses, Cardiovascular research, 10.1093/cvr/cvx095, 113, 10, 1173-1185, 2017.08, Aims Mitochondria are important organelles, dedicated to energy production. Mitochondrial p32/C1qbp, which functions as an RNA and protein chaperone, interacts with mitochondrial mRNA and is indispensable for mitochondrial function through its regulation of mitochondrial translation in cultured cell lines. However, the precise role of p32/C1qbp in vivo is poorly understood because of embryonic lethality in the systemic p32-deficient mouse. The goal of this study was to examine the physiological function of mitochondrial p32/C1qbp in the heart. Methods and results We investigated the role of p32 in regulating cardiac function in mice using a Cre-loxP recombinase technology against p32 with tamoxifen-inducible knockdown or genetic ablation during postnatal periods. Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of p32 resulted in contractile dysfunction, cardiac dilatation and cardiac fibrosis, compared with hearts of control mice. We also found decreased COX1 expression, decreased rates of oxygen consumption and increased oxidative stress, indicating that these mice had cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction provoked by p32-deficiency at early stage. Next, we investigated lifespan in cardiac-specific p32-deficient mice. The mice died beginning at 12 months and their median lifespan was ∼14 months. Cardiac mitochondria in the p32-deficient mice showed disordered alignment, enlargement and abnormalities in their internal structure by electron microscopy. We observed that, in p32-deficient compared with control myocytes, AMPKI' was constitutively phosphorylated and 4EBP-1 and ribosomal S6K were less phosphorylated, suggesting impairment of mammalian target of rapamycin signalling. Finally, we found that expression levels of mitokines such as FGF21 and of integrated stress response genes were significantly increased. Metabolic analysis demonstrated that the urea cycle was impaired in the p32-deficient hearts. Conclusion These findings support a key role for mitochondrial p32 protein in cardiac myocytes modulating mitochondrial translation and function, and thereby survival..
5. Mikako Yagi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Noriaki Sagata, Daiki Setoyama, Rie Amamoto, Yuichi Matsushima, Dongchon Kang, Neural-specific deletion of mitochondrial p32/C1qbp leads to leukoencephalopathy due to undifferentiated oligodendrocyte and axon degeneration, Scientific reports, 10.1038/s41598-017-15414-5, 7, 1, 2017.12, Mitochondrial dysfunction is a critical step in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases. The p32/ C1qbp gene functions as an essential RNA and protein chaperone in mitochondrial translation, and is indispensable for embryonic development. However, little is known about the consequences of mitochondrial dysfunction of p32 deletion in the brain development. Here, we found that mice lacking p32 in the central nervous system (p32cKO mice) showed white matter degeneration accompanied by progressive oligodendrocyte loss, axon degeneration and vacuolation in the mid brain and brain stem regions. Furthermore, p32cKO mice died within 8 weeks of birth. We also found that p32-deficient oligodendrocytes and neurons showed reduced oligodendrocyte differentiation and axon degeneration in primary culture. We show that mitochondrial disruption activates an adaptive program known as the integrated stress response (ISR). Mitochondrial respiratory chain function in oligodendrocytes and neurons is, therefore, essential for myelination and axon maintenance, respectively, suggesting that mitochondrial respiratory chain dysfunction in the central nervous system contributes to leukoencephalopathy..
6. Mikako Yagi, Takahiro Toshima, Rie Amamoto, Yura Do, Haruka Hirai, Daiki Setoyama, Dongchon Kang, Takeshi Uchiumi, Mitochondrial translation deficiency impairs NAD(+)-mediated lysosomal acidification, EMBO JOURNAL, 10.15252/embj.2020105268, 40, 8, 2021.04, Mitochondrial translation dysfunction is associated with neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Cells eliminate defective mitochondria by the lysosomal machinery via autophagy. The relationship between mitochondrial translation and lysosomal function is unknown. In this study, mitochondrial translation-deficient hearts from p32-knockout mice were found to exhibit enlarged lysosomes containing lipofuscin, suggesting impaired lysosome and autolysosome function. These mice also displayed autophagic abnormalities, such as p62 accumulation and LC3 localization around broken mitochondria. The expression of genes encoding for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) biosynthetic enzymes—Nmnat3 and Nampt—and NAD+ levels were decreased, suggesting that NAD+ is essential for maintaining lysosomal acidification. Conversely, nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) administration or Nmnat3 overexpression rescued lysosomal acidification. Nmnat3 gene expression is suppressed by HIF1α, a transcription factor that is stabilized by mitochondrial translation dysfunction, suggesting that HIF1α-Nmnat3-mediated NAD+ production is important for lysosomal function. The glycolytic enzymes GAPDH and PGK1 were found associated with lysosomal vesicles, and NAD+ was required for ATP production around lysosomal vesicles. Thus, we conclude that NAD+ content affected by mitochondrial dysfunction is essential for lysosomal maintenance..