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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Synthetic Genomics Research Group

Group Director: Minami Matsui (D.Sc.)

Research Summary

Minami  Matsui

Genome sequences of many organisms have been determined by recent progress of genome sequencing technologies. This huge information makes it possible not only reveal the mechanisms of life but also understand the biodiversity of many living organisms in molecular levels. Our research group will construct the science and technological basis for the establishment of resource-recycling social system with reduced environmental impacts by using useful genome information including bioplastics biosynthesis. We will transfer our basic research results to application by using material plants i.e. sorghum and para rubber tree.

Main Research Fields

  • Biology

Related Research Fields

  • Chemistry
  • Agricultural Sciences


  • Plant Biomass
  • Plant Genome
  • Environmental Response

Selected Publications

  • 1.Makita Y., Ng KK.,Singham V.,Kawashima M., Hirakawa H., Sato S., Othman AS., Matsui M.:
    "Large-scale collection of full-length cDNA and transcriptome analysis in Hevea brasiliensis"
    DNA Res. 24 (2): 159-167 (2017).
  • 2.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.:
    "Chemical-Induced Inhibition of Blue Light-Mediated Seedling Development Caused by Disruption of Upstream Signal Transduction Involving Cryptochromes in Arabidopsis thaliana."
    Plant Cell Physiol. 58 (1): 95-105 (2017)
  • 3.Lau, N. S., Makita, Y., Kawashima, M., Taylor, T. D., Kondo, S., Othman, A. S., Shu-Chien, A. C.and Matsui, M.:
    "The rubber tree genome shows expansion of gene family associated with rubber biosynthesis"
    Sci Rep, 6: 28594 (2016).
  • 4.Wang, Q., Zuo, Z., Wang, X., Gu, L., Yoshizumi, T., Yang, Z., Yang, L., Liu, Q., Liu, W., Han, Y. J., Kim, J. I., Liu, B., Wohlschlegel, J. A., Matsui, M., Oka, Y.and Lin, C.:
    "Photoactivation and inactivation of Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2"
    Science, 354: 343-347 (2016)
  • 5.Okubo-Kurihara, E., Ohtani, M., Kurihara, Y., Kakegawa, K., Kobayashi, M., Nagata, N., Komatsu, T., Kikuchi, J., Cutler, S., Demura, T.and Matsui, M.:
    "Modification of plant cell wall structure accompanied by enhancement of saccharification efficiency using a chemical, lasalocid sodium"
    Sci Rep, 6: 34602 (2016).
  • 6.Shimada, S., Makita, Y., Kuriyama-Kondou, T., Kawashima, M, Mochizuki, Y., Hirakawa, H., Sato, S., Toyoda, T. Matsui, M.: 
    "Functional and expression analyses of transcripts based on full-length cDNAs of Sorghum bicolor."
    DNA Res. 22, 485-93 (2015)
  • 7.Makita, Y.; Shimada, S.; Kawashima, M. Kondou-Kuriyama, T., Toyoda, T., and Matsui, M.: 
    "MOROKOSHI: Transcriptome Database in Sorghum bicolor"
    Plant and Cell Physiol. 56, e6(1–8) (2015)
  • 8.Shimada,S., Komatsu, T., Yamagami, A., Nakazawa, M., Matsui, M., Kawaide, H., Natsume, M., Osada, H., Asami, T., and Nakano, T.:
    "Formation and dissociation of BSS1 protein complex regulates plant development via brassinosteroid signaling."
    Plant Cell 27:375-90. (2015)
  • 9.Kurihara, Y. Okubo-Kurihara, E., Matsui, M.:
    "Polycistronic expression of RNA silencing suppressor protects its own mRNA from RNA silencing."
    Plant Biotechnol. 32, 1-7 (2015)
  • 10.Foong, C.P., Lau, N.S., Deguchi, S., Toyofuku, T., Taylor, T.D., Sudesh, S., Matsui, M.:
    "Whole genome amplification approach reveals novel polyhydroxyalkanoate synthases (PhaCs) from Japan Trench and Nankai Trough seawater Manuscript"
    BMC Microbiology 24;14(1):7(2015)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Minami Matsui
Group Director

Core members

Yuko Makita
Research Scientist
Yukio Kurihara
Research Scientist
Setsuko Shimada
Research Scientist
Emiko Kurihara
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mika Kawashima
Technical Staff I
Tomoko Kuriyama
Technical Staff I

Contact Information

E820 East Research Building
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan