Centers & Labs

RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

Transcriptome Technology Team

Team Leader: Piero Carninci (Ph.D.)
Piero  Carninci(Ph.D.)

We will develop technologies to comprehensively detect non-coding RNAs and comprehensively screen their functions. Using those technologies, we will explore regulatory interactions of ncRNAs within cells, with particular emphasis on the interaction of non-coding RNA with chromatin, retrotransposition and ncRNAs having a role in the regulation of protein synthesis. These technologies will be important for the development of cell conversion methods. Additional emphasis will be on standardization of transcriptome technologies like CAGE, to make a universal and finely quantitative transcriptome technology. Such standardization is essential for the identification of novel biomarkers and drug target candidates.

Main Research Field

Biology & Biochemistry / Molecular Biology & Genetics

Related Research Fields

Immunology / Plant & Animal Science / Neuroscience & Behavior / Computer Science

Research Subjects

  • Standardization and Automation of Cap-Analysis Gene Expression (CAGE)
  • Development of methods to globally detect and manipulate regulatory RNAs on Chromatin
  • Identification of expressed retrotransposons and their role in genome variability and regulation

Selected Publications

  1. Hashimoto K, Suzuki AM, Dos Santos A, Desterke C, Collino A, Ghisletti S, Braun E, Bonetti A, Fort A, Qin XY, Radaelli E, Kaczkowski B, Forrest AR, Kojima S, Samuel D, Natoli G, Buendia MA, Faivre J, Carninci P.:
    "CAGE profiling of ncRNAs in hepatocellular carcinoma reveals widespread activation of retroviral LTR promoters in virus-induced tumors."
    Genome Res. 2015 Dec;25(12):1812-24. doi: 10.1101/gr.191031.115. Epub 2015 Oct 28.
  2. Fort A, Yamada D, Hashimoto K, Koseki H, Carninci P.:
    "Nuclear transcriptome profiling of induced pluripotent stem cells and embryonic stem cells identify non-coding loci resistant to reprogramming."
    Cell Cycle. 2015;14(8):1148-55. doi: 10.4161/15384101.2014.988031.
  3. Arner E, Daub CO, Vitting-Seerup K, Andersson R, Lilje B, Drabløs F, Lennartsson A, Rönnerblad M, Hrydziuszko O, Vitezic M, Freeman TC, Alhendi AM, Arner P, Axton R, Baillie JK, Beckhouse A, Bodega B, Briggs J, Brombacher F, Davis M, Detmar M, Ehrlund A, Endoh M, Eslami A, Fagiolini M, Fairbairn L, Faulkner GJ, Ferrai C, Fisher ME, Forrester L, Goldowitz D, Guler R, Ha T, Hara M, Herlyn M, Ikawa T, Kai C, Kawamoto H, Khachigian LM, Klinken SP, Kojima S, Koseki H, Klein S, Mejhert N, Miyaguchi K, Mizuno Y, Morimoto M, Morris KJ, Mummery C, Nakachi Y, Ogishima S, Okada-Hatakeyama M, Okazaki Y, Orlando V, Ovchinnikov D, Passier R, Patrikakis M, Pombo A, Qin XY, Roy S, Sato H, Savvi S, Saxena A, Schwegmann A, Sugiyama D, Swoboda R, Tanaka H, Tomoiu A, Winteringham LN, Wolvetang E, Yanagi-Mizuochi C, Yoneda M, Zabierowski S, Zhang P, Abugessaisa I, Bertin N, Diehl AD, Fukuda S, Furuno M, Harshbarger J, Hasegawa A, Hori F, Ishikawa-Kato S, Ishizu Y, Itoh M, Kawashima T, Kojima M, Kondo N, Lizio M, Meehan TF, Mungall CJ, Murata M, Nishiyori-Sueki H, Sahin S, Nagao-Sato S, Severin J, de Hoon MJ, Kawai J, Kasukawa T, Lassmann T, Suzuki H, Kawaji H, Summers KM, Wells C; FANTOM Consortium, Hume DA, Forrest AR, Sandelin A, Carninci P, Hayashizaki Y.:
    "Transcribed enhancers lead waves of coordinated transcription in transitioning mammalian cells."
    Science. 2015 Feb 27;347(6225):1010-4. doi: 10.1126/science.1259418. Epub 2015 Feb 12.
  4. Fort A, Hashimoto K, Yamada D, Salimullah M, Keya CA, Saxena A, Bonetti A, Voineagu I, Bertin N, Kratz A, Noro Y, Wong CH, de Hoon M, Andersson R, Sandelin A, Suzuki H, Wei CL, Koseki H; FANTOM Consortium, Hasegawa Y, Forrest AR, Carninci P.:
    "Deep transcriptome profiling of mammalian stem cells supports a regulatory role for retrotransposons in pluripotency maintenance."
    Nat Genet. 2014 Jun;46(6):558-66. doi: 10.1038/ng.2965. Epub 2014 Apr 28.
  5. Forrest AR, Kawaji H, Rehli M, Baillie JK, de Hoon MJ, Haberle V, Lassmann T, Kulakovskiy IV, Lizio M, Itoh M, Andersson R, Mungall CJ, Meehan TF, Schmeier S, Bertin N, Jørgensen M, Dimont E, Arner E, Schmidl C, Schaefer U, Medvedeva YA, Plessy C, Vitezic M, Severin J, Semple C, Ishizu Y, Young RS, Francescatto M, Alam I, Albanese D, Altschuler GM, Arakawa T, Archer JA, Arner P, Babina M, Rennie S, Balwierz PJ, Beckhouse AG, Pradhan-Bhatt S, Blake JA, Blumenthal A, Bodega B, Bonetti A, Briggs J, Brombacher F, Burroughs AM, Califano A, Cannistraci CV, Carbajo D, Chen Y, Chierici M, Ciani Y, Clevers HC, Dalla E, Davis CA, Detmar M, Diehl AD, Dohi T, Drabløs F, Edge AS, Edinger M, Ekwall K, Endoh M, Enomoto H, Fagiolini M, Fairbairn L, Fang H, Farach-Carson MC, Faulkner GJ, Favorov AV, Fisher ME, Frith MC, Fujita R, Fukuda S, Furlanello C, Furino M, Furusawa J, Geijtenbeek TB, Gibson AP, Gingeras T, Goldowitz D, Gough J, Guhl S, Guler R, Gustincich S, Ha TJ, Hamaguchi M, Hara M, Harbers M, Harshbarger J, Hasegawa A, Hasegawa Y, Hashimoto T, Herlyn M, Hitchens KJ, Ho Sui SJ, Hofmann OM, Hoof I, Hori F, Huminiecki L, Iida K, Ikawa T, Jankovic BR, Jia H, Joshi A, Jurman G, Kaczkowski B, Kai C, Kaida K, Kaiho A, Kajiyama K, Kanamori-Katayama M, Kasianov AS, Kasukawa T, Katayama S, Kato S, Kawaguchi S, Kawamoto H, Kawamura YI, Kawashima T, Kempfle JS, Kenna TJ, Kere J, Khachigian LM, Kitamura T, Klinken SP, Knox AJ, Kojima M, Kojima S, Kondo N, Koseki H, Koyasu S, Krampitz S, Kubosaki A, Kwon AT, Laros JF, Lee W, Lennartsson A, Li K, Lilje B, Lipovich L, Mackay-Sim A, Manabe R, Mar JC, Marchand B, Mathelier A, Mejhert N, Meynert A, Mizuno Y, de Lima Morais DA, Morikawa H, Morimoto M, Moro K, Motakis E, Motohashi H, Mummery CL, Murata M, Nagao-Sato S, Nakachi Y, Nakahara F, Nakamura T, Nakamura Y, Nakazato K, van Nimwegen E, Ninomiya N, Nishiyori H, Noma S, Noma S, Noazaki T, Ogishima S, Ohkura N, Ohimiya H, Ohno H, Ohshima M, Okada-Hatakeyama M, Okazaki Y, Orlando V, Ovchinnikov DA, Pain A, Passier R, Patrikakis M, Persson H, Piazza S, Prendergast JG, Rackham OJ, Ramilowski JA, Rashid M, Ravasi T, Rizzu P, Roncador M, Roy S, Rye MB, Saijyo E, Sajantila A, Saka A, Sakaguchi S, Sakai M, Sato H, Savvi S, Saxena A, Schneider C, Schultes EA, Schulze-Tanzil GG, Schwegmann A, Sengstag T, Sheng G, Shimoji H, Shimoni Y, Shin JW, Simon C, Sugiyama D, Sugiyama T, Suzuki M, Suzuki N, Swoboda RK, 't Hoen PA, Tagami M, Takahashi N, Takai J, Tanaka H, Tatsukawa H, Tatum Z, Thompson M, Toyodo H, Toyoda T, Valen E, van de Wetering M, van den Berg LM, Verado R, Vijayan D, Vorontsov IE, Wasserman WW, Watanabe S, Wells CA, Winteringham LN, Wolvetang E, Wood EJ, Yamaguchi Y, Yamamoto M, Yoneda M, Yonekura Y, Yoshida S, Zabierowski SE, Zhang PG, Zhao X, Zucchelli S, Summers KM, Suzuki H, Daub CO, Kawai J, Heutink P, Hide W, Freeman TC, Lenhard B, Bajic VB, Taylor MS, Makeev VJ, Sandelin A, Hume DA, Carninci P, Hayashizaki Y.:
    "A promoter-level mammalian expression atlas."
    Nature. 2014 Mar 27;507(7493):462-70. doi: 10.1038/nature13182.
  6. Andersson R, Gebhard C, Miguel-Escalada I, Hoof I, Bornholdt J, Boyd M, Chen Y, Zhao X, Schmidl C, Suzuki T, Ntini E, Arner E, Valen E, Li K, Schwarzfischer L, Glatz D, Raithel J, Lilje B, Rapin N, Bagger FO, Jørgensen M, Andersen PR, Bertin N, Rackham O, Burroughs AM, Baillie JK, Ishizu Y, Shimizu Y, Furuhata E, Maeda S, Negishi Y, Mungall CJ, Meehan TF, Lassmann T, Itoh M, Kawaji H, Kondo N, Kawai J, Lennartsson A, Daub CO, Heutink P, Hume DA, Jensen TH, Suzuki H, Hayashizaki Y, Müller F; FANTOM Consortium, Forrest AR, Carninci P, Rehli M, Sandelin A.:
    "An atlas of active enhancers across human cell types and tissues."
    Nature. 2014 Mar 27;507(7493):455-61. doi: 10.1038/nature12787.
  7. Carrieri C, Cimatti L, Biagioli M, Beugnet A, Zucchelli S, Fedele S, Pesce E, Ferrer I, Collavin L, Santoro C, Forrest AR, Carninci P, Biffo S, Stupka E, Gustincich S.:
    "Long non-coding antisense RNA controls Uchl1 translation through an embedded SINEB2 repeat."
    Nature. 2012 Nov 15;491(7424):454-7. doi: 10.1038/nature11508. Epub 2012 Oct 14.
  8. ENCODE Project Consortium.:
    "An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome."
    Nature. 2012 Sep 6;489(7414):57-74. doi: 10.1038/nature11247.
  9. Takahashi H, Lassmann T, Murata M, Carninci P.:
    "5' end-centered expression profiling using cap-analysis gene expression and next-generation sequencing."
    Nat Protoc. 2012 Feb 23;7(3):542-61. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2012.005.
  10. Faulkner GJ, Kimura Y, Daub CO, Wani S, Plessy C, Irvine KM, Schroder K, Cloonan N, Steptoe AL, Lassmann T, Waki K, Hornig N, Arakawa T, Takahashi H, Kawai J, Forrest AR, Suzuki H, Hayashizaki Y, Hume DA, Orlando V, Grimmond SM, Carninci P.:
    "The regulated retrotransposon transcriptome of mammalian cells."
    Nat Genet. 2009 May;41(5):563-71. doi: 10.1038/ng.368. Epub 2009 Apr 19.

Contact information

1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa
230-0045, Japan

Email: carninci [at] riken.jp

Recent research results

September 20, 2016: Press Release
Human "junk" gene sequences can promote translation
October 29, 2015: Press Release
Retroviral RNA may play a part in liver cancer

Further information