Molecular and Chemical Life Science :
Molecular and Network Genomics


Professor HIGASHITANI Atsushi
Campus Katahira campus
Laboratory Molecular Genetics and Physiology
Tel +81-22-217-5715
E-mail atsushi.higashitani.e7@tohoku.ac.jp
Website http://www.ige.tohoku.ac.jp/genome/
Mar. 1990 Assistant Professor, Department of Microbial Genetics, National Institute of Genetics, Japan
Mar. 1997 Associate Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Apr.2001 Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Selected Publications
Recent major papers
  1. Sakata T, Oda S, Tsunaga Y, Shomura H, Kawagishi-Kobayashi M, Aya K, Saeki K, Endo T, Nagano K, Kojima M, Sakakibara H, Watanabe M, Matsuoka M, Higashitani A.: Reduction of gibberellin by low temperature disrupts pollen development in rice. Plant Physiology. (2014) 164: 2011-9
  2. Suetomi K, Mereiter S, Mori C, Takanami T, Higashitani A.: Caenorhabditis elegans ATR checkpoint kinase ATL-1 influences life span through mitochondrial maintenance. Mitochondrion (2013) 13: 729-35.
  3. Higashitani A.: High-temperature injury and auxin biosynthesis in microsporogenesis. Frontiers in Plant Science. (2013) 4:47.
  4. Mori C, Yamaguchi Y, Teranishi M, Takanami T, Nagase T, Kanno S, Yasui A, Higashitani A.: Overexpression of ATR causes autophagic cell death. Genes to Cells. (2013) 18:278-287.
  5. Kimura T, Takanami T, Sakashita T, Wada S, Kobayashi Y, Higashitani A.: Innate immune genes including a mucin-like gene, mul-1, induced by ionizing radiation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Radiation Research. (2012) 178: 313-20.
  6. Honda Y, Higashibata A, Matsunaga Y, Yonezawa Y, Kawano T, Higashitani A, Kuriyama K, Shimazu T, Tanaka M, Szewczyk NJ, Ishioka N, Honda S.: Genes down-regulated in spaceflight are involved in the control of longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Scientific Reports. (2012) 2: 487.
  7. Etheridge T, Nemoto K, Hashizume T, Mori C, Sugimoto T, Suzuki H, Fukui K, Yamazaki T, Higashibata A, Szewczyk NJ, Higashitani A.: The Effectiveness of RNAi in Caenorhabditis elegans Is Maintained during Spaceflight. PLoS One. (2011) 6: e20459.
  8. Sakata T, Oshino T, Miura S, Tomabechi M, Tsunaga Y, Higashitani N, Miyazawa Y, Takahashi H, Watanabe M, Higashitani A.: Auxins reverse plant male sterility caused by high temperatures. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. (2010) 107: 8569-74. (Faculty of 1000 Biology Recommended)
Activities in Academic Societies

The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, The Japan Radiation Research Society,The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, The Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space


Advanced Lecture on Genomic Reproductive Biology

Recent Activities

Using nematodes as a model organism, we are engaged in research and space experiments concerning the division into daughter cells as well as genome inheritance mechanisms including gamete formation. In addition, we are studying high temperature injuries in barley during pollen formation.

Message to Students

Please enjoy your scientific research.