Plant and Cell Engineering, since 2005

Taiji Nomura, Ryo Kuchida, Naoki Kitaoka, Yasuo Kato (2018)
Molecular diversity of tuliposide B-converting enzyme in tulip (Tulipa gesneriana): identification of the third isozyme with a distinct expression profile
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 82, 810-820

Tobias Betke, Jun Higuchi, Philipp Rommelmann, Keiko Oike, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Harald Gröger (2018)
Biocatalytic synthesis of nitriles through dehydration of aldoximes: The substrate scope of aldoxime dehydratases
ChemBioChem, 19, 768-779

Sirasit Srinuanpan, Benjamas Cheirsilp, Poonsuk Prasertsan, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano (2018)
Strategies to increase the potential use of oleaginous microalgae as biodiesel feedstocks: Nutrient starvations and cost-effective harvesting process
Renewable Energy, 122, 507-516

Shinjiro Ogita, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato, Yukiko Uehara-Yamaguchi, Komaki Inoue, Takuhiro Yoshida, Tetsuya Sakurai, Kazuo Shinozaki, Keiichi Mochida (2018)
Transcriptional alterations during proliferation and lignification in Phyllostachys nigra cells
Scientific Reports, 8, 11347 (1-11)

Taiji Nomura, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2018)
Rational metabolic-flow switching for the production of exogenous secondary metabolites in bamboo suspension cells
Scientific Reports, 8, 13203 (1-11)
Taiji Nomura, Ayaka Ueno, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2017)
Molecular diversity of tuliposide B-converting enzyme in tulip (Tulipa gesneriana): identification of the root-specific isozyme
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 81, 1185-1193

Taiji Nomura (2017)
Function and application of a non-ester-hydrolyzing carboxylesterase discovered in tulip
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 81, 81-94

Taiji Nomura, Tatsunori Murase, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2015)
Molecular identification of tuliposide B-converting enzyme: a lactone-forming carboxylesterase from the pollen of tulip
Plant Journal, 83, 252-262

Shinjiro Ogita, Masahito Shichiken, Chizuru Ito, Toshiyuki Yamashita, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato (2015)
A stepwise protocol for induction and selection of prominent coniferous cell cultures for the production of β-thujaplicin
Natural Product Communications, 10, 783-787

Shinjiro Ogita, Jung-Bum Lee, Fumiya Kurosaki, Yasuo Kato (2015)
The biosynthetic activities of primary and secondary metabolites in suspension cultures of Aquilaria microcarpa
Natural Product Communications, 10, 779-782

Aya Inoue, Shinjiro Ogita, Shinpei Tsuchiya, Reiko Minagawa, Hamako Sasamoto (2015)
A protocol for axenic liquid cell cultures of a woody leguminous mangrove, Caesalpinia crista, and their amino acids profiling
Natural Product Communications, 10, 755-760

Daisuke Mori, Shinjiro Ogita, Kouhei Fujise, Aya Inoue, Hamako Sasamoto (2015)
Protoplast co-culture bioassay for allelopathy in leguminous plants, Leucaena leucocephala and Mucuna gigantea, containing allelochemical amino acids, mimosine and L-DOPA
Journal of Plant Studies, 4 (1) doi: 10.5539/jps.v4n1p1

Taiji Nomura, Emiko Hayashi, Shohei Kawakami, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2015)
Environmentally benign process for the preparation of antimicrobial α -methylene-β-hydroxy-γ-butyrolactone (tulipalin B) from tulip biomass
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 79, 25-35


Hiroshi Ashihara, Hamako Sasamoto, Shinjiro Ogita (2014)
Density of  suspension culture of somatic embryogenic cells of Larix leptolepis determines the fate of development: Involvement of phosphate uptake and metabolis
European Chemical Bulletin, 3, 1027-1031

Y. Minegishi, J. Mano, R. Takabatake, K. Nakamura, K. Kondo, Y. Kato, K. Kitta, and H.Akiyama (2014) Development of pBT63, a positive control plasmid for qualitative detection of genetically modified rice. Japanese Journal of Food Chemistry and Safety, 21, 48-56

Shinjiro Ogita, Misako Kato, Shin Watanabe, Hiroshi Ashihara (2014)
The co-occurrence of two pyridine alkaloids, mimosine and trigonelline, in Leucaena leucocephala
Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 69C, 124-132

Yasuo Kato, Taiji Nomura, Shinjiro Ogita, Maki Takano, Kazuhiro Hoshino (2013)
Two new β-glucosidases from ethanol-fermenting fungus Mucor circinelloides NBRC4572: enzyme purification, functional characterization, and molecular cloning of the gene
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 97, 10045-10056

Taiji Nomura, Mai Shiozawa, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2013)
Occurrence of hydroxycinnamoylputrescines in xylogenic bamboo suspension cells
Plant Biotechnology, 30, 447-453

Shinpei Tsuchiya, Shinjiro Ogita, Yoshifumi Kawana, Tomoya Oyanagi, Ai Hasegawa, Hamako Sasamoto (2013)
Relation between amino acids profiles and recalcitrancy of cell growth or salt tolerance in tissue and protoplast cultures of three mangrove species, Avicennia alba, Bruguiera sexangula, and Sonneratia alba
American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4, 1366-1374

Y. Minegishi, J. Mano, Y. Kato, K. Kitta, H. Akiyama, R. Teshima (2013)
Development and evaluation of a novel DNA extraction method suitable for processed foods
Japanese Journal of Food Chemistry and Safety, 20 (2) 96-104

Taiji Nomura, Aya Tsuchigami, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2013)
Molecular diversity of tuliposide A-converting enzyme in the tulip
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 77, 1042-1048
Shinjiro Ogita, Taiji Nomura, Takao Kishimoto, Yasuo Kato (2012)
A novel xylogenic suspension culture model for exploring lignification in Phyllostachys bamboo
Plant Methods, 8:40 doi:10.1186/1746-4811-8-40

H. Akiyama, Y. Minegishi, D. Makiyama, J. Mano, K. Sakata, K. Nakamura, R. Takabatake, S. Futo, K. Kondo, K. Kitta, Y. Kato, R. Teshima (2012)
Quantification and identification of genetically modified maize events in non-identity preserved maize samples in 2009 using an individual kernel detection system
Food Hygiene and Safety Science, 53, 157-165

Shinjiro Ogita, Shinya Ohki, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato (2012)
A β-glucosidase activity potentially involved in cell division and wall development of Phyllostachys bamboo suspension cells
American Journal of Plant Sciences, 3, 1066-1072

Chitose Maruyama, Junya Toyoda, Yasuo Kato, Miho Izumikawa, Motoki Takagi, Kazuo Shin-ya, Hajime Katano, Takashi Utagawa, Yoshimitsu Hamano (2012)
A stand-alone adenylation domain catalyzes multiple amide-bond formation in streptothricin biosynthesis
Nature Chemical Biology, 8, 791-797

Chen Qu, Takao Kishimoto, Shinjiro Ogita, Masahiro Hamada, Noriyuki Nakajima (2012)
Dissolution and acetylation of ball-milled birch (Betula platyphylla) and bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) in the ionic liquid [Bmim]Cl for HSQC NMR analysis
Holzforschung, 66, 607-614

Taiji Nomura, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato (2012)
A novel lactone-forming carboxylesterase: Molecular identification of a tuliposide A-converting enzyme in tulip
Plant Physiology, 159, 565-578

Shinjiro Ogita, Nanaka Kikuchi, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato (2012)
The mutated acetolactate synthase gene from rice as a non-antibiotic selection marker for transformation of bamboo cells
American Journal of Plant Sciences, 3, 368-372

E. Pinakoulaki, C. Koutsoupakis, H. Sawai, A. Pavlou, Y. Kato, Y. Asano, S. Aono (2011)
Aldoxime dehydratase: probing the heme environment involved in the synthesis of the carbon-nitrogen triple bond
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115, 13012-13018

K. Shigetomi, S. Omoto, Y. Kato, M. Ubukata (2011)
Asymmetric total synthesis of 6-tuliposide B and its biological activities against Tulip pathogenic fungi 
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 75, 718-722

Masayuki Sue, Chihiro Nakamura, Taiji Nomura (2011)
Dispersed benzoxazinone gene cluster: Molecular characterization and chromosomal localization of glucosyltransferase and glucosidase genes in wheat and rye
Plant Physiology, 157 985-997

Yasuhisa Fukuta, Samik Nanda, Yasuo Kato, Hiroya Yurimoto, Yasuyoshi Sakai, Hidenobu Komeda, Yasuhisa Asano (2011)
Characterization of a new (R)-hydroxynitrile lyase from Japanese apricot Prunus mume and
cDNA cloning and secretory expression of one of the isozymes in Pichia pastoris
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 75 214-220

Shinjiro Ogita, Nanaka Kikuchi, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato (2011)
A practical protocol for particle bombardment-mediated transformation of Phyllostachys bamboo suspension cells
Plant Biotechnology, 28 43-50


Taiji Nomura, Toni M. Kutchan (2010)
Is a metabolic enzyme complex involved in the efficient and accurate control of Ipecac alkaloid biosynthesis in Psychotria ipecacuanha ?
Plant Signaling & Behavior, 5: 875-877

Yoshihide Kenmotsu, Yoshimi Yamamura, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato, Fumiya Kurosaki (2010)
Transcriptional activation of putative calmodulin genes Am-cam-1 and Am-cam-2 from Aquilaria microcarpa, in response to external stimuli.
Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 33 1911-1914

Yoshihide Kenmotsu, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato, Yoshimi Yamamura, Yasumasa Takao,
Yoshiaki Tatsuo, Hiroharu Fujino, Shigetoshi Kadota, Fumiya Kurosaki (2010)
Methyl jasmonate-induced enhancement of expression activity of Am-FaPS-1, a putative farnesyl diphosphate synthase gene from Aquilaria microcarpa
Journal of Natural Medicines, 65: 194-197

Taiji Nomura, Toni M. Kutchan (2010)
Three new O-methyltransferases are sufficient for all O-methylation reactions of ipecac alkaloid biosynthesis in root culture of Psychotria ipecacuanha.
Journal of Biological Chemistry
, 285: 7722-7738

Wei-Wei Deng, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Ashihara (2010)
Distribution and biosynthesis of theanine in Theaceae plants
Plant Physiology and Biochemistry,
48 70-72


Hitomi Sawai, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Yoshitsugu Shiro, Shigetoshi Aono (2009)
X-ray crystal structure of the Michaelis complex of aldoxime dehydratase
Journal of Biological Chemistry 284, 32089-32096

Yasuo Kato, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Kazuaki Shoji, Yukio Sato, Noriyuki Nakajima, Shinjiro Ogita (2009)
A facile method for the preparation of α-methylene-γ-butyrolactones from tulip tissues by enzyme-mediated conversion
Tetrahedron Letters 50(33) 4751-4753

Yasuo Kato, Kazuaki Shoji, Makoto Ubukata, Kengo Shigetmi, Yukio Sato, Noriyuki Nakajima, Shinjiro Ogita (2009)
Purification and characterization of tuliposide-converting enzyme from the bulbs of Tulipa gesneriana
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
, 73(8) 1895-1897

Wei-Wei Deng, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Ashihara (2009)
Ethylamine content and theanine biosynthesis in different organs of Camellia sinensis seedlings
Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung C,
64(5-6) 387-390

Toshinari Godo, Junko Miyazaki, Sachiko Kuwayama, Shinjiro Ogita, Yasuo Kato, Masaru Nakano, Masashi Nakata (2009)
Interspecific hybridization between triploid Senno (Lychnis senno Siebold et Zucc., Caryophyllaceae) and allied taxa of the genus Lychnis
Plant Biotechnology, 26(3) 301-305

Shinjiro Ogita, Miki Usui, Nanae Shibutani, Yasuo Kato (2009)
A simple shoot multiplication procedure using internode explants and its application for particle bombardment and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in watercress
Journal of Plant Research, 122(4) 455-463

Shinjiro Ogita, Junko Miyazaki, Toshinari Godo, Yasuo Kato (2009)
Possibility for Selective Accumulation of Polyphenolics in Tissue Cultures of Senno (Lychnis senno Siebold et Zucc.)
Natural Product Communications, 4(3) 377-380

Wei-Wei Deng, Yeyun Li, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Ashihara (2008)
Fine control of caffeine biosynthesis in tissue cultures of Camellia sinensis
Phytochemistry Letters, 1(4), 195-198

Wei-Wei Deng, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Ashihara (2008)
Biosynthesis of theanine (γ-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid) in seedlings of Camellia sinensis
Phytochemistry Letters, 1(2), 115-119

Shinjiro Ogita, Harutsugu Kashiwag,i, Yasuo Kato (2008)
In vitro node culture of seedlings in bamboo plant, Phyllostachys meyeri McClure
Plant Biotechnology, 25(4), 381-385

Remi Nakagawa, Shinjiro Ogita, Ugai Watanabe, Takafumi Kubo, Ryo Funada (2008)
Morphological features of proembryogenic masses in relation to the ability of somatic embryo formation in conifers
Propagation of Ornamental Plants, 8(1),: 50-52

Yeyun Li, Shinjiro Ogita, Chaman Ara Keya, Hiroshi Ashihara (2008)
Expression of Caffeine Biosynthesis Genes in Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung C, 63(3-4) 267-270

T. Kawakami, Y. Kato, C. Iwamoto, H. Ueno, Y.Nakashima (2007)
Identifying ammonia-oxidizing bacteria active in highly acidified soils by the PCR-DGGE method,
Journal of Ecotechnology Research, 13, 123-126

Yasuo Kato
, T. Tsuda, Yasuhisa Asano (2007)
Purification and partial characterization of N-hydroxy-L-phenylalanine decarboxylase/oxidase from Bacillus sp. strain OxB-1, an enzyme involved in aldoxime biosynthesis in the "aldoxime nitrile pathway".
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1774, 856-865

Shumpei Asamizu, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Hiroyasu Onaka (2007)
VioE, a prodeoxyviolacein synthase involved in violacein biosynthesis, is responsible for intramolecular indole rearrangement.
Tetrahedron Letters, 48, 2923-2926

Mikihisa Umehara, Shinjiro Ogita, Hamako Sasamoto, Hiroyuki, Koshino, Takemichi Nakamura, Tadao Asami, Shigeo Yoshida, Hiroshi Kamada (2007)
Identification of a factor that complemantarily inhibits somatic embryogenesis with vanillyl benzyl ether in Japanese larch
In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant, 43(3), 203-208

Katsuaki Kobayashi, Minoru Kubo, Shiro Yoshioka, Teizo Kitagawa, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Shigetoshi Aono (2006)
Systematic regulation of the enzymatic activity of phenylacetaldoxime dehydratase by exogenous ligands
ChemBioChem., 7, 2004-2009

Aiko Yano, Yutaka Kodama, Akiko Koike, Tomotaka Shinya, Kim H-J, Mari Matsumoto, Shinjiro Ogita, Yuko Wada, Ohad Nir, Hiroshi Sano (2006)
Interaction between methyl CpG-binding protein and Ran GTPase during cell division in tobacco cultured cells
Annals of Botany,
98 (6), 1179-1187

Mariko Shoji, Hidenori Sato, Remi Nakagawa, Ryo Funada, Takafumi Kubo, Shinjiro Ogita (2006)
Influence of osmotic pressure on somatic embryo maturation in Pinus densiflora
Journal of Forest Research, 11 (6), 449-453

Kim, Y.-S., Hirotaka Uefuji, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Sano (2006)
Transgenic tobacco plants producing caffeine: A potential new strategy for insect pest control.
Transgenic Research, 15 (6), 667-672

Hiroshi Ashihara, Xin-qiang Zheng, Riko Katahira, Masayuki Morimoto, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Sano (2006)
Caffeine biosynthesis and adenine metabolism in transgenic Coffea canephora plants with reduced expression of N-methyltransferase genes
Phytochemistry, 67 (9), 882-886

Samik Nanda, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano (2006)
PmHNL catalyzed synthesis of (R)-cyanohydrins derived from aliphatic aldehydes
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 17 (5), 735-741

Katsuaki Kobayashi, Biswasit Pal, Shiro Yoshioka, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Teizo Kitagawa, Shigetoshi Aono (2006)
Spectroscopic substrate binding properties of heme-containing aldoxime dehydratases, OxdB and OxdRE.
Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 100, 1069-1074

Remi Nakagawa, Shinjiro Ogita, Takafumi Kubo, and Ryo Funada (2006)
Effect of Polyamines and L-ornithine on the Development of Proembryogenic Masses of Cryptomeria japonica
Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 85(2), 229-234

Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano (2006)
Molecular and enzymatic analysis of the "aldoxime-nitrile pathway" in the glutaronitrile degrader Pseudomonas sp. K-9
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
, 70 (1), 92-101

Shumpei Asamizu, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Tamotsu Furumai, Hiroyasu Onaka (2006)
Direct formation of chromopyrrolic acid from indole-3-pyruvic acid by StaD, a novel hemoprotein in indolocarbazole biosynthesis
Tetrahedron Letters, 47(4), 473-475

Shinjiro Ogita, Hirotaka Uefuji, Masayuki Morimoto, Hiroshi Sano (2005)
Metabolic engineering of caffeine production

Plant Biotechnology, 22(5), 461-468 (Special Issue, Plant Science Up-to-Date)

Samik Nanda, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano (2005)
A new (R)-hydroxynitrile lyase from Prunus mume: asymmetric synthesis of cyanohydrins
Tetrahedron, 61, 10908-10916.

Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano (2005)
Purification and characterization of aldoxime dehydratase of the head blight fungus, Fusarium graminearum
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry,
69(11), 2254-2257

Mikihisa Umehara, Shinjiro Ogita, Hamako Sasamoto, Chang-Ho Eun, Yoshikatsu Matsubayashi, Youji Sakagami, Hiroshi Kamad (2005)
Two stimulatory effects of the peptidyl growth factor phytosulfokine during somatic embryogenesis in Japanese larch (
Larix leptolepis Gordon)
Plant Science, 169(5) 901-907

Hirotaka Uefuji, Yuko Tatsumi, Masayuki Morimoto, Pulla Kaothien-Nakayama, Shinjiro Ogita, Hiroshi Sano (2005)
Caffeine production in tobacco plants by simultaneous expression of three coffee N-methyltrasferases and its potential as a pest repellant

Plant Molecular Biology,

Shinjiro Ogita (2005)
Callus and Cell Suspension Culture of Bamboo Plant, Phyllostachys nigra
Plant Biotechnology, 22(2) 119-125

Yasuo Kato, Satoshi Yoshida, Yasuhisa Asano (2005)
Polymerase Chain Reaction for Identification of Aldoxime Dehydratase in Aldoxime- or nitrile-degrading Microorganisms.
FEMS Microbiology Letters, 246(2), 243-249

Katsuaki Kobayashi, Shiro Yoshioka, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Shigetoshi Aono (2005)
Regulation of Aldoxime Dehydratase Activity by Redox-dependent Change in the Coordination Structure of the Aldoxime-heme Complex.
Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280, 5486-5490

Mikihisa Umehara, Shinjiro Ogita, Hamako Sasamoto, Hiroyuki Koshino, Tadao Asami, Shozo Fujioka, Shigeo Yoshida, Hiroshi Kamada (2005)
Identification of a Novel factor, Vanillyl Benzyl Ether, Which Inhibits Somatic Embryogenesis of Japanese Larch ( Larix leptolepis GORDON)
Plant and Cell Physiology, 46(3), 445-453

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