Takanori Fujita

Tohoku University, Sendai, Kagoshima, Japan

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Publications (7)41.55 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a subtype of lung cancer with poor prognosis. Expression array analysis of 23 SCLC cases and 42 normal tissues revealed that EZH2 and other PRC2 members were highly expressed in SCLC. ChIP-seq for H3K27me3 suggested that genes with H3K27me3(+) in SCLC were extended not only to PRC2-target genes in ES cells but also to other target genes such as cellular adhesion-related genes. These H3K27me3(+) genes in SCLC were repressed significantly, and introduction of the most repressed gene JUB into SCLC cell line lead to growth inhibition. Shorter overall survival of clinical SCLC cases correlated to repression of JUB alone, or a set of four genes including H3K27me3(+) genes. Treatment with EZH2 inhibitors, DZNep and GSK126, resulted in growth repression of SCLC cell lines. High PRC2 expression was suggested to contribute to gene repression in SCLC, and may play a role in genesis of SCLC.
    Scientific Reports 05/2013; 3:1911. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF1) is a master regulator of adaptive gene expression under hypoxia. However, a role for HIF1 in the epigenetic regulation remains unknown. Genome-wide analysis of HIF1 binding sites (chromatin immunoprecipitation [ChIP] with deep sequencing) of endothelial cells clarified that HIF1 mainly binds to the intergenic regions distal from transcriptional starting sites under both normoxia and hypoxia. Next, we examined the temporal profile of gene expression under hypoxic conditions by using DNA microarrays. We clarified that early hypoxia-responsive genes are functionally associated with glycolysis, including GLUT3 (SLC2A3). Acetylated lysine 27 of histone 3 covered the HIF1 binding sites, and HIF1 functioned as an enhancer of SLC2A3 by interaction with lysine (K)-specific demethylase 3A (KDM3A). Knockdown of HIF1α and KDM3A showed that glycolytic genes are regulated by both HIF1 and KDM3A and respond to hypoxia in a manner independent of cell type specificity. We elucidated that both the chromatin conformational structure and histone modification change under hypoxic conditions and enhance the expression of SLC2A3 based on the combined results of chromatin conformation capture (3C) and ChIP assays. KDM3A is recruited to the SLC2A3 locus in an HIF1-dependent manner and demethylates H3K9me2 so as to upregulate its expression. These findings provide novel insights into the interaction between HIF1 and KDM3A and also the epigenetic regulation of HIF1.
    Molecular and Cellular Biology 05/2012; 32(15):3018-32. · 5.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cellular senescence involves epigenetic alteration, e.g. loss of H3K27me3 in Ink4a-Arf locus. Using mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF), we here analyzed transcription and epigenetic alteration during Ras-induced senescence on genome-wide scale by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-sequencing and microarray. Bmp2 was the most activated secreted factor with H3K4me3 gain and H3K27me3 loss, whereas H3K4me3 loss and de novo formation of H3K27me3 occurred inversely in repression of nine genes, including two BMP-SMAD inhibitors Smad6 and Noggin. DNA methylation alteration unlikely occurred. Ras-activated cells senesced with nuclear accumulation of phosphorylated SMAD1/5/8. Senescence was bypassed in Ras-activated cells when Bmp2/Smad1 signal was blocked by Bmp2 knockdown, Smad6 induction, or Noggin induction. Senescence was induced when recombinant BMP2 protein was added to Bmp2-knocked-down Ras-activated cells. Downstream Bmp2-Smad1 target genes were then analyzed genome-wide by ChIP-sequencing using anti-Smad1 antibody in MEF that was exposed to BMP2. Smad1 target sites were enriched nearby transcription start sites of genes, which significantly correlated to upregulation by BMP2 stimulation. While Smad6 was one of Smad1 target genes to be upregulated by BMP2 exposure, Smad6 repression in Ras-activated cells with increased enrichment of Ezh2 and gain of H3K27me3 suggested epigenetic disruption of negative feedback by Polycomb. Among Smad1 target genes that were upregulated in Ras-activated cells without increased repressive mark, Parvb was found to contribute to growth inhibition as Parvb knockdown lead to escape from senescence. It was revealed through genome-wide analyses in this study that Bmp2-Smad1 signal and its regulation by harmonized epigenomic alteration play an important role in Ras-induced senescence.
    PLoS Genetics 11/2011; 7(11):e1002359. · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Identification of regulatory elements within the genome is crucial for understanding the mechanisms that govern cell type-specific gene expression. We generated genome-wide maps of open chromatin sites in 3T3-L1 adipocytes (on day 0 and day 8 of differentiation) and NIH-3T3 fibroblasts using formaldehyde-assisted isolation of regulatory elements coupled with high-throughput sequencing (FAIRE-seq). FAIRE peaks at the promoter were associated with active transcription and histone modifications of H3K4me3 and H3K27ac. Non-promoter FAIRE peaks were characterized by H3K4me1+/me3-, the signature of enhancers, and were largely located in distal regions. The non-promoter FAIRE peaks showed dynamic change during differentiation, while the promoter FAIRE peaks were relatively constant. Functionally, the adipocyte- and preadipocyte-specific non-promoter FAIRE peaks were, respectively, associated with genes up-regulated and down-regulated by differentiation. Genes highly up-regulated during differentiation were associated with multiple clustered adipocyte-specific FAIRE peaks. Among the adipocyte-specific FAIRE peaks, 45.3% and 11.7% overlapped binding sites for, respectively, PPARγ and C/EBPα, the master regulators of adipocyte differentiation. Computational motif analyses of the adipocyte-specific FAIRE peaks revealed enrichment of a binding motif for nuclear family I (NFI) transcription factors. Indeed, ChIP assay showed that NFI occupy the adipocyte-specific FAIRE peaks and/or the PPARγ binding sites near PPARγ, C/EBPα, and aP2 genes. Overexpression of NFIA in 3T3-L1 cells resulted in robust induction of these genes and lipid droplet formation without differentiation stimulus. Overexpression of dominant-negative NFIA or siRNA-mediated knockdown of NFIA or NFIB significantly suppressed both induction of genes and lipid accumulation during differentiation, suggesting a physiological function of these factors in the adipogenic program. Together, our study demonstrates the utility of FAIRE-seq in providing a global view of cell type-specific regulatory elements in the genome and in identifying transcriptional regulators of adipocyte differentiation.
    PLoS Genetics 10/2011; 7(10):e1002311. · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epigenetic regulation is essential in determining cellular phenotypes during differentiation. Although tissue-specific DNA methylation has been studied, the significance of methylation variance for tissue phenotypes remains unresolved, especially for CpG-poor promoters. Here, we comprehensively studied methylation levels of 27 578 CpG sites among 21 human normal tissues from 12 anatomically different regions using an epigenotyping beadarray system. Remarkable changes in tissue-specific DNA methylation were observed within CpG-poor promoters but not CpG-rich promoters. Of note, tissue-specific hypomethylation is accompanied by an increase in gene expression, which gives rise to specialized cellular functions. The hypomethylated regions were significantly enriched with recognition motifs for transcription factors that regulate cell-type-specific differentiation. To investigate the dynamics of hypomethylation events, we analyzed methylation levels of the entire APOA1 gene locus during in vitro differentiation of embryonic stem cells toward the hepatic lineage. A decrease in methylation was observed after day 13, coinciding with alpha-fetoprotein detection, in the vicinity of its transcription start sites (TSSs), and extends up to ∼200 bp region encompassing the TSS at day 21, equivalent to the hepatoblastic stage. This decrease is even more pronounced in the adult liver, where the entire APOA1 gene locus is hypomethylated. Furthermore, when we compared the methylation status of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells with their parental cell, IMR-90, we found that fibroblast-specific hypomethylation is restored to a fully methylated state in iPS cells after reprogramming. These results illuminate tissue-specific methylation dynamics in CpG-poor promoters and provide more comprehensive views on spatiotemporal gene regulation in terminal differentiation.
    Human Molecular Genetics 07/2011; 20(14):2710-21. · 7.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Embryogenesis is tightly regulated by multiple levels of epigenetic regulation such as DNA methylation, histone modification, and chromatin remodeling. DNA methylation patterns are erased in primordial germ cells and in the interval immediately following fertilization. Subsequent developmental reprogramming occurs by de novo methylation and demethylation. Variance in DNA methylation patterns between different cell types is not well understood. Here, using methylated DNA immunoprecipitation and tiling array technology, we have comprehensively analyzed DNA methylation patterns at proximal promoter regions in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells, ES cell-derived early germ layers (ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm) and four adult tissues (brain, liver, skeletal muscle and sperm). Most of the methylated regions are methylated across all three germ layers and in the three adult somatic tissues. This commonly methylated gene set is enriched in germ cell-associated genes that are generally transcriptionally inactive in somatic cells. We also compared DNA methylation patterns by global mapping of histone H3 lysine 4/27 trimethylation, and found that gain of DNA methylation correlates with loss of histone H3 lysine 4 trimethylation. Our combined findings indicate that differentiation of ES cells into the three germ layers is accompanied by an increased number of commonly methylated DNA regions and that these tissue-specific alterations in methylation occur for only a small number of genes. DNA methylation at the proximal promoter regions of commonly methylated genes thus appears to be an irreversible mark which functions to fix somatic lineage by repressing the transcription of germ cell-specific genes.
    PLoS ONE 01/2011; 6(10):e26052. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two free flavin-independent enzymes were purified by detecting the NAD(P)H oxidation in the presence of Fe(III)-EDTA and t-butyl hydroperoxide from E. coli. The enzyme that requires NADH or NADPH as an electron donor was a 28 kDa protein, and N-terminal sequencing revealed it to be oxygen-insensitive nitroreductase (NfnB). The second enzyme that requires NADPH as an electron donor was a 30 kDa protein, and N-terminal sequencing revealed it to be ferredoxin-NADP(+) reductase (Fpr). The chemical stoichiometry of the Fenton activities of both NfnB and Fpr in the presence of Fe(III)-EDTA, NAD(P)H and hydrogen peroxide was investigated. Both enzymes showed a one-electron reduction in the reaction forming hydroxyl radical from hydrogen peroxide. Also, the observed Fenton activities of both enzymes in the presence of synthetic chelate iron compounds were higher than their activities in the presence of natural chelate iron compounds. When the Fenton reaction occurs, the ferric iron must be reduced to ferrous iron. The ferric reductase activities of both NfnB and Fpr occurred with synthetic chelate iron compounds. Unlike NfnB, Fpr also showed the ferric reductase activity on an iron storage protein, ferritin, and various natural iron chelate compounds including siderophore. The Fenton and ferric reductase reactions of both NfnB and Fpr occurred in the absence of free flavin. Although the k(cat)/K(m) value of NfnB for Fe(III)-EDTA was not affected by free flavin, the k(cat)/K(m) value of Fpr for Fe(III)-EDTA was 12-times greater in the presence of free FAD than in the absence of free FAD.
    Biology of Metals 08/2010; 23(4):727-37. · 3.17 Impact Factor

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107 Citations
41.55 Total Impact Points


  • 2013
    • Tohoku University
      • Department of Respiratory Medicine
      Sendai, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 2011–2013
    • The University of Tokyo
      • Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan