Masahide Sunagawa

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Publications (9)17.2 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: In response to a change in the direction of gravity, morphogenetic changes of fruiting bodies of fungi are usually observed as gravitropism. Although gravitropism in higher fungi has been studied for over 100 years, there is no convincing evidence regarding the graviperception mechanism in mushrooms. To understand gravitropism in mushrooms, we isolated differentially expressed genes in Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom) fruiting bodies developed under three-dimensional clinostat-simulated microgravity. Subtractive hybridization, cDNA representational difference analysis was used for gene analysis and resulted in the isolation of 36 individual genes (17 upregulated and 19 downregulated) under clinorotation. The phenotype of fruiting bodies developed under simulated microgravity vividly depicted the gravitropism in mushrooms. Our results suggest that the differentially expressed genes responding to gravitational change are involved in several potential cellular mechanisms during fruiting body formation of P. ostreatus.
    FEMS Microbiology Letters 06/2010; 307(1):72-9. · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    Yumi Magae, Masahide Sunagawa
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    ABSTRACT: A mycovirus previously identified in brown discolored fruiting bodies of the cultivated mushroom Flammulina velutipes was characterized. We tentatively named the virus the F. velutipes browning virus (FvBV). Purified FvBV particles contained two dsRNA genomes (dsRNA1 and 2). The complete sequence of dsRNA1 was 1,915 bp long, containing a single open reading frame (ORF) that encoded 580 amino acids of a putative 66-kDa RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). dsRNA2 was 1,730 bp long containing a single ORF encoding 541 amino acids of a putative 60-kDa coat protein (CP1). Phylogenetic analysis of the RdRp sequences revealed FvBV to be a Partitivirus, most closely related to Chondrostereum purpureum cryptic virus. An RT-PCR assay was developed for the amplification of a 495-bp cDNA fragment from dsRNA encoding the CP1. When wild F. velutipes isolated from various parts of Japan were examined by RT-PCR assay, three isolates from the central region of Japan contained FvBV. One wild strain infected with FvBV was isolated in Nagano prefecture, where brown discoloration of white cultivated strains has occurred. Fruiting bodies produced by virus-harboring and virus-free F. velutipes were compared. Cap color of the fruiting bodies of F. velutipes that contained Partitivirus FvBV was darker than FvBV-free fruiting bodies. The use of RT-PCR enabled association of FvBV and dark brown color of the fruiting body produced by F. velutipes strains.
    Virology Journal 01/2010; 7:342. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To understand the molecular mechanisms of fruiting body formation of basidiomycetous mushrooms, we have isolated over a 100 of developmentally regulated genes that were specifically transcribed during fruiting body development in Lentinula edodes (Shiitake-mushroom) by a subtractive hybridization, cDNA-RDA (cDNA representational difference analysis). One of these genes, named Le.flp1, was isolated from the primordial cDNA library of L. edodes, and the expression product of Le.flp1 and putative fungal homologues contained a characteristic region, homologous to the Fas domain of fasciclin family proteins, which are capable of promoting cell adhesion through Fas domain-mediated homophilic interactions in various organisms. RT-PCR analyses suggested that Le.flp1 was specifically expressed in primordia and mature fruiting bodies. In situ hybridization indicated that Le.flp1 transcripts were distributed distinctly in the following tissues: the inside of gills of fruiting bodies, especially at the boundary between the subhymenium and trama, where there is active proliferation of basidium cells for producing basidiospores; peripheral regions of the primordium, pileus and stipe; and both inner tissue and outer regions of the stipe. Our results suggest the hypothesis that Le.flp1 plays a role in cellular differentiation and development in ubiquitous tissues during fruiting body formation in L. edodes, possibly through cell adhesion.
    Current Genetics 07/2007; 51(6):367-75. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mycorrhizal basidiomycetes, Suillus grevillei and S. bovinus, were transformed by particle bombardment. We isolated eight and four transformants from S. grevillei and S. bovinus respectively under three conditions differing in terms of target distance and helium pressure. The transformation frequencies were 1.2 and 0.6 transformants/microg DNA. Plasmid DNAs were integrated into the genomic DNA of the transformants and stably maintained. This is the first description of the transformation of S. grevillei and S. bovinus by particle bombardment.
    Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 02/2007; 71(1):47-50. · 1.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The basidiomycete Lyophyllum decastes was transformed by means of particle bombardment. We isolated five transformants under twelve conditions differing in the two parameters of target distance and helium pressure. The transformation frequency was one transformant/µg DNA. In the transformants, plasmid DNAs were integrated into the genomic DNA and stably maintained. This is the first report on transformation of L. decastes by particle bombardment.
    Mycoscience 01/2007; 48(3):195-197. · 1.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recombinants were generated from the ectomycorrhizal basidiomycete, Suillus grevillei, through agroinfection using a binary vector carrying the hygromycin B resistance and the autofluorescent protein, DsRed2, markers. DsRed2 was driven by a cis-regulatory region of the glyceraldeyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene (gpd) from the wood-rotting basidiomycete, Coriolus hirsutus, which contains promoters and 5' gpd sequences with first through fourth exons and expressed for the first time in Suillus spp. The transformation system and recombinants expressing an autofluorescent protein may be useful in genetic analysis of the symbiosis.
    Mycorrhiza 10/2006; 16(6):407-12. · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Using agroinfection with a T-DNA vector carrying a hygromycin resistance marker, the recombinants were generated for the first time from the ectomycorrhizal basidiomycete Tricholoma matsutake, which produces commercially valuable fruit bodies, matsutake, during association with Pinus sp. plants. The transformation system may be useful in the genetic analysis of T. matsutake.
    Mycoscience 08/2006; 47(4):228-231. · 1.17 Impact Factor
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    Masahide Sunagawa, Yumi Magae
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze genes involved in fruit body development of Pleurotus ostreatus, mRNAs from three different developmental stages: i.e., vegetative mycelium, primordium, and mature fruit body, were isolated and reverse-transcribed to cDNAs. One hundred and twenty random PCR amplifications were performed with the cDNAs, which generated 382, 394, 393 cDNA fragments from each developmental stage. From these fragments, four cDNA clones specifically expressed in primordium or mature fruit body were detected. Sequence analysis and database searches revealed significant similarity with triacylglycerol lipase, cytochrome P450 sterol 14 alpha-demethylase and developmentally regulated genes of other fungi. Northern blot analyses confirmed that all of the four cDNAs were unexpressed in mycelium, thus stage-specific genes for fruit body formation of P. ostreatus were successfully isolated.
    FEMS Microbiology Letters 06/2005; 246(2):279-84. · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    Masahide Sunagawa, Yumi Magae
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    ABSTRACT: Uracil auxotroph of Pleurotus ostreatus was transformed to prototrophy by means of particle bombardment. Five transformants were obtained under three conditions differing in the two parameters of target distance and helium pressure. The transformation frequency was one transformant per microg of DNA. In the transformants, plasmid DNAs were integrated into the genomic DNA and stably maintained. This is the first report on transformation of P. ostreatus by particle bombardment.
    FEMS Microbiology Letters 07/2002; 211(2):143-6. · 2.05 Impact Factor