Synthetic Genomics Research Team

Group Director

pictureGroup Director : Minami Matsui (Ph.D.)


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B.A. in Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Saitama University, Japan
Dr. of Science. in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

Position Held

April 1986 - March 1989
Research Associate of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory in Nippon Veterinary and Zootechnical College
April 1989 - March 1990
Lecturer of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory in Nippon Veterinary and Zootechnical College
April 1990 - January 1992
Lecturer of the Molecular Biology Laboratory in Nippon Medical School.
January 1992 - 1994 January
Postdoctoral fellow in Xing Wang Deng's laboratory in Department of Biology in Yale University
January 1994 - March 1995
Lecturer of the Molecular Biology Laboratory in Nippon Medical School.
April 1995 - September 1999
Deputy head of Laboratory for Photoperception and Signal transduction in RIKEN Frontier Research Program (Leader: Richard E. Kendrick)
October 1999 - March 2005
Team Leader of Plant Function Exploration Team of Plant Functional Genomic Research Group in RIKEN Genomics Sciences Center
April 2005 - 2006
Team Leader of Plant Function Exploration Team of Functional Genomics Research Group in RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center
April 2006 - March 2013
Group Director of Plant Functional Genomics Research Group, RIKEN Plant Science Center
April 2010 - March 2015
Team Leader of Synthetic Genomics Research team of BMEP (Biomass Engineering Program)
April 2015 - present
Group Director of Synthetic Genomics Research team of BMEP (Biomass Engineering Program), RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

Selected Papers

  1. SnRK1 Kinase and the NAC Transcription Factor SOG1 Are Components of a Novel Signaling Pathway Mediating the Low Energy Response Triggered by ATP Depletion.Hamasaki H., Kurihara Y., Kuromori T., Kusano H., Nagata N., Yamamoto YY.,Shimada H., Matsui M. Front Plant Sci. 10:503(2019)
  2. Improvement of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation for tannin-producing sorghum. Kuriyama T., Shimada S., Matsui M. Plant Biotechnology 36(1):43-48(2019)
  3. Transcripts from downstream alternative transcription start sites evade uORF-mediated inhibition of gene expression in Arabidopsis. Kurihara Y., Makita Y., Kawashima M., Fujita T., Iwasaki S., Matsui M. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115(30) 7831-7836 (2018)
  4. Construction of Para rubber tree genome and multi-transcriptome database accelerates rubber researches. Makita Y., Kawashima M., Lau N-S., Othman A.S., Matsui M. BMC Genomics 19 (2018)
  5. Large-scale collection of full-length cDNA and transcriptome analysis in Hevea brasiliensis Makita Y., Ng KK., Singham G.V., Kawashima M., Hirakawa H., Sato S., Othman A.S., Matsui M. DNA Res. 24(2) 159-167 (2017)
  6. Chemical-Induced Inhibition of Blue Light-Mediated Seedling Development Caused by Disruption of Upstream Signal Transduction Involving Cryptochromes in Arabidopsis thaliana Ong WD., Okubo-Kurihara E., Kurihara Y., Shimada S., Makita Y., Kawashima M., Honda K., Kondoh Y., Watanabe N., Osada H., Cutler SR., Sudesh K., Matsui M. Plant Cell Phys. 58(1) 95-105 (2017)
  7. Photoactivation and inactivation of Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2
    Wang Q., Zuo Z., Wang X., Gu L., Yoshizumi T., Yang Z., Yang L., Liu Q., Liu W., Han Y-J., Kim J-L, Liu B., Wohlschlegel J. A., Matsui M., Oka Y., Lin C. SCIENCE 354 (6310) 343-347 (2016)
  8. Modification of plant cell wall structure accompanied by enhancement of saccharification efficiency using a chemical, lasalocid sodium Okubo-Kurihara E., Ohtani M., Kurihara Y., Kakegawa K., Kobayashi M., Nagata N., Komatsu T., Kikuchi J., Cutler S., Demura T., Matsui M. Sci. Rep. 6 (2016)
  9. The rubber tree genome shows expansion of gene family associated with rubber biosynthesis Lau NS., Makita Y., Kawashima M., Taylor TD., Kondo S., Othman AS., Shu-Chien AC., Matsui M. Sci. Rep 6 (2016)
  10. MOROKOSHI: Transcriptome Database in Sorghum bicolor Makita, Y., Shimada, S., Kawashima, M., Kuriyama-Kondou, T., Toyoda, T., Matsui, M. Plant Cell Physiol. 56: e6(1–8) (2015)
  11. Functional and expression analyses of transcripts based on full-length cDNAs of Sorghum bicolor. Shimada, S., Makita, Y., Kuriyama-Kondou, T., Kawashima, M, Mochizuki, Y., Hirakawa, H., Sato, S., Toyoda, T. Matsui, M. DNA Res. 22(6): 485–493 (2015)
  12. RNA-seq analysis provides insights for understanding photoautotrophic polyhydroxyalkanoate production in recombinant Synechocystis sp. Nyok-Sean, Lau, NS., Foong, CP., Kurihara, Y., Sudesh, K., Matsui, M. PLOSONE, doi; 10.1371/journal. pone.0086368 (2014)

And 38 more publications from April 2013-March2019.

    <Review Articles>
  1. Cyanobacteria: Photoautotrophic Microbial Factories for the Sustainable Synthesis of Industrial Products. Lau NS., Matsui M., Abdullah Amirul AA. Biomed researfch International (2015)

    <Invited Book Chapters>
  1. Phenotype-Based Screening of Small Molecules to Modify Plant Cell Walls Using BY-2 Cells. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) Okubo-Kurihara E., Matsui M. (2018)
  2. Photoautotrophic Polyhydroxyalkanoate Production in Cyanobacteria. Sam KK., Lau NS., Amirul Al-AA., Matsui M. from: Cyanobacteria: Omics and Manipulation (Edited by: Dmitry A. Los). Caister Academic Press, U.K. Pages: 235-252. (2017)
  3. Agrobacterium-Mediated Genetic Transformation for Larger Seed Size in Jatropha. The Jatropha Genome pp 191-203 Enoki H., Funato A., Nabetani Y., Takahashi S., Ichikawa T., Matsui M., Motohashi R. (2017)
  4. PHA from sunlight –New route for bioplastics production in cyanobacteria via photosynthesis. Matsui, M. Bioplastics Magazine 9, 20-21. (2014)
  5. High-throughput analysis of rice genes by means of the heterologous full-length cDNA overexpressor (FOX)-hunting system. Higuchi-Takeuchi, M, Mori, M, Matsui, M. Int J Dev Biol. 57, 517-523 (2013)
  6. Screening for gene function using the FOX (full-length cDNA overexpressor gene) hunting system. Higuchi-Takeuchi, M, Matsui, M. Methods Mol Biol. 1056, 201-210. (2013)