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Gotoh Kazuhito Last modified date:2021.10.26

Assistant Professor / Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Laboratories
Kyushu University Hospital

Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Ph. D in Medicine
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Doctor
Field of Specialization
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Research Interests
  • The role of p32 gene that controls the translation of mitochondria in innate immunity
    keyword : mitochondria
Academic Activities
1. Kazuhito Gotoh, Yuya Kunisaki, Soichi Mizuguchi, Daiki Setoyama, Kentaro Hosokawa, Hisayuki Yao, Yuya Nakashima, Mikako Yagi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Yuichiro Semba, Jumpei Nogami, Koichi Akashi, Fumio Arai, Dongchon Kang, Mitochondrial Protein Synthesis Is Essential for Terminal Differentiation of CD45 TER119Erythroid and Lymphoid Progenitors, iScience, 10.1016/j.isci.2020.101654, 23, 11, 2020.11, p32/C1qbp regulates mitochondrial protein synthesis and is essential for oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria. Although dysfunction of p32/C1qbp impairs fetal development and immune responses, its role in hematopoietic differentiation remains unclear. Here, we found that mitochondrial dysfunction affected terminal differentiation of newly identified erythroid/B-lymphoid progenitors among CD45<sup>–</sup> Ter119<sup>–</sup> CD31<sup>–</sup> triple-negative cells (TNCs) in bone marrow. Hematopoietic cell-specific genetic deletion of p32/C1qbp (p32cKO) in mice caused anemia and B-lymphopenia without reduction of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. In addition, p32cKO mice were susceptible to hematopoietic stress with delayed recovery from anemia. p32/C1qbp-deficient CD51<sup>–</sup> TNCs exhibited impaired mitochondrial oxidation that consequently led to inactivation of mTORC1 signaling, which is essential for erythropoiesis. These findings uncover the importance of mitochondria, especially at the stage of TNCs during erythropoiesis, suggesting that dysregulation of mitochondrial protein synthesis is a cause of anemia and B-lymphopenia with an unknown pathology..
2. Kazuhito Gotoh, Takafumi Morisaki, Daiki Setoyama, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Mikako Yagi, Ko Igami, Soichi Mizuguchi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Yoshinori Fukui, Dongchon Kang, Mitochondrial p32/C1qbp Is a Critical Regulator of Dendritic Cell Metabolism and Maturation, Cell Reports,, VOLUME 25, ISSUE 7, 1800-1805, 2018.11, Dendritic cell (DC) maturation induced by Toll-like receptor agonists requires activation of downstream signal transduction and metabolic changes. The endogenous metabolite citrate has recently emerged as a modulator of DC activation. However, the metabolic requirements that support citrate production remain poorly defined. Here, we demonstrate that p32/C1qbp, which functions as a multifunctional chaperone protein in mitochondria, supports mitochondrial metabolism and DC maturation. Metabolic analysis revealed that the citrate increase induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is impaired in p32-deficient DCs. We also found that p32 interacts with dihydrolipoamide S-acetyltransferase (E2 component of pyruvate dehydrogenase [PDH] complex) and positively regulates PDH activity in DCs. Therefore, we suggest that DC maturation is regulated by citrate production via p32-dependent PDH activity. p32-null mice administered a PDH inhibitor show decreased DC maturation and ovalbumin-specific IgG production in vivo, suggesting that p32 may serve as a therapeutic target for DC-related autoimmune diseases. Although mitochondrial metabolic pathways are essential for DC activation, the precise molecular mechanism remains poorly understood. Gotoh et al. show that mitochondrial p32/C1qbp supports dendritic cell metabolism and maturation. In addition, mitochondrial p32 and pyruvate dehydrogenase activity are necessary for DC maturation in vitro and in vivo..
3. Sasaki, Katsuhiko, Gotoh, Kazuhito, Sho Miake, Setoyama, Daiki, Yagi, Mikako, Igami, Ko, Uchiumi, Takeshi, Kang, Dongchon, p32 is Required for Appropriate Interleukin- 6 Production Upon LPS Stimulation and Protects Mice from Endotoxin Shock, EBIOMEDICINE, 20, 161-172, 2017.06, Sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in seriously ill patients and mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with poor outcomes in septic patients. Although interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a good prognostic marker for sepsis, the relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction and IL-6 remains poorly understood. We identified p32/C1QBP/HABP1 as a regulator of IL-6 production in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS induced IL-6 overproduction in p32 deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) through NF-κB independent but activating transcription factor (ATF) 4 dependent pathways. Short hairpin RNA-based knockdown of ATF4 in p32 deficient MEFs markedly inhibited LPS-induced IL-6 production. Furthermore, MEFs treated with chloramphenicol, an inhibitor of mitochondrial translation, produced excessive IL-6 via ATF4 pathways. Using a LPS-induced endotoxin shock model, mice with p32 ablation in myeloid cells showed increased lethality and overproduction of IL-6. Thus, this study provides a molecular link how mitochondrial dysfunction leads to IL-6 overproduction and poor prognosis of sepsis..