Yoshihiro Yoneda

Osaka University, Suika, Ōsaka, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Nucleocytoplasmic trafficking is a fundamental cellular process in eukaryotic cells. Here, we demonstrated that retinoblastoma-binding protein 4 (RBBP4) functions as a novel regulatory factor to increase the efficiency of importin α/β-mediated nuclear import. RBBP4 accelerates the release of importin β1 from importin α via competitive binding to the importin β-binding domain of importin α in the presence of RanGTP. Therefore, it facilitates importin α/β-mediated nuclear import. We showed that the importin α/β pathway is down-regulated in replicative senescent cells, concomitant with a decrease in RBBP4 level. Knockdown of RBBP4 caused both suppression of nuclear transport and induction of cellular senescence. This is the first report to identify a factor that competes with importin β1 to bind to importin α, and it demonstrates that the loss of this factor can trigger cellular senescence.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Biological Chemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Importin α8 has recently been identified as an importin α family member based on its primary structure and binding ability to importin β1 and to several karyophilic proteins. However, there has been no experimental evidence that importin α8 actually functions in the nuclear transport of classical nuclear localization signal (cNLS)-containing cargo. Here, using an in vitro transport assay, we demonstrate that purified recombinant importin α8 can transport SV40T antigen cNLS-containing cargo into the nucleus of HeLa cells, in conjunction with importin β1. Pull-down assays, followed by mass spectrometry analysis, identified 179 putative importin α8-binding proteins, only 62 of which overlap with those of importin α1, the closest importin α family member. Among the importin α8-binding candidates, we showed that DNA damage-binding protein 2 (DDB2) was actually transported into the nucleus via the importin α8/β1 pathway. Furthermore, we found that the other subtypes of importin α, which were also identified as importin α8-binding candidates, indeed form heterodimers with importin α8. Notably, we found that these importin α8-containing heterodimers were more stable in the presence of cNLS-substrates than heterodimers containing importin α1. From these findings, we propose that importin α8 functions as a cNLS receptor with distinct cargo specificity, and that heterodimerization by importin α8 is a novel regulatory mode of cNLS binding, in addition to the autoinhibitory regulation by the importin β binding domain. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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    ABSTRACT: Homologous recombinational repair (HR) is one of the major repair systems for DNA double-strand breaks. RAD51 is a key molecule in HR, and the RAD51 concentration in the cell nucleus increases after DNA damage induction. However, the mechanism that regulates the intracellular distribution of RAD51 is still unclear. Here, we show that hCAS/CSE1L associates with RAD51 in human cells. We found that hCAS/CSE1L negatively regulates the nuclear protein level of RAD51 under normal conditions. hCAS/CSE1L is also required to repress the DNA damage-induced focus formation of RAD51. Moreover, we show that hCAS/CSE1L plays roles in the regulation of the HR activity and in chromosome stability. These findings suggest that hCAS/CSE1L is responsible for controlling the HR activity by directly interacting with RAD51. © 2015 The Molecular Biology Society of Japan and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Genes to Cells
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    ABSTRACT: Tripartite motif-containing 28 (TRIM28) is a transcription regulator, which forms a repressor complex containing heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). Here, we report identification of a nuclear localization signal (NLS) within the 462-494 amino acid region of TRIM28 that overlaps with its HP1 binding site, HP1 box. GST-pulldown experiments revealed the interaction of the arginine-rich TRIM28 NLS with various importin α subtypes (α1, α2 and α4). In vitro transport assay demonstrated that nuclear localization of GFP-TRIM28 NLS is mediated by importin αs, in conjunction with importin β1 and Ran. Further, we demonstrated that HP1 and importin αs compete for binding to TRIM28. Together, our findings suggest that importin α has an essential role in the nuclear delivery and preferential HP1 interaction of TRIM28. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Full-text · Article · May 2015 · Molecular Cell Biology Research Communications
  • Miki Hieda · Taro Tachibana · Masahiro Fukumoto · Yoshihiro Yoneda

    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Journal of Biological Chemistry
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  • No preview · Article · Sep 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Snail contributes to the epithelial-mesenchymal transition by suppressing E-cadherin in transcription processes. The Snail C2H2-type zinc-finger (ZF) domain functions both as a nuclear localization signal which binds to importin β directly and as a DNA-binding domain. Here, a 2.5 Å resolution structure of four ZF domains of Snail1 complexed with importin β is presented. The X-ray structure reveals that the four ZFs of Snail1 are required for tight binding to importin β in the nuclear import of Snail1. The shape of the ZFs in the X-ray structure is reminiscent of a round snail, where ZF1 represents the head, ZF2-ZF4 the shell, showing a novel interaction mode, and the five C-terminal residues the tail. Although there are many kinds of C2H2-type ZFs which have the same fold as Snail, nuclear import by direct recognition of importin β is observed in a limited number of C2H2-type ZF proteins such as Snail, Wt1, KLF1 and KLF8, which have the common feature of terminating in ZF domains with a short tail of amino acids.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2014 · Acta Crystallographica Section D Biological Crystallography
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    Yoichi Miyamoto · Kate L Loveland · Yoshihiro Yoneda

    Full-text · Dataset · Feb 2014
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    Percival Sangel · Masahiro Oka · Yoshihiro Yoneda
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    ABSTRACT: Members of the Importin-β family recognize nuclear localization signals (NLS) and nuclear export signals (NES). These proteins play important roles in various nucleocytoplasmic transport processes in cells. Here, we examined the expression patterns of 21 identified Importin-β genes in mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs), mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) and mESCs differentiated into neural ectoderm (NE) or mesoendoderm (ME). We observed striking differences in the Importin-β mRNA expression levels within these cell types. We also found that knockdown of selected Importin-β genes led to suppression of Nanog, and altered the balance of Oct4/Sox2 expression ratio, which is important for NE/ME lineage choice. Furthermore, we demonstrated that knockdown of XPO4, RanBP17, RanBP16, or IPO7 differentially affected the lineage selection of differentiating mESCs. More specifically, knockdown of XPO4 selectively stimulated the mESC differentiation towards definitive endoderm, while concomitantly inhibiting NE differentiation. RanBP17 knockdown also promoted endodermal differentiation with no effect on NE differentiation. RanBP16 knockdown caused differentiation into ME, while IPO7 knockdown inhibited NE differentiation, without obvious effects on the other lineages. Collectively, our results suggest that Importin-βs play important roles in cell fate determination processes of mESCs, such as in the maintenance of pluripotency or selection of lineage during differentiation.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · FEBS Journal
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    ABSTRACT: We recently demonstrated that the expression of the importin α subtype is switched from α2 to α1 during neural differentiation in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and that this switching has a major impact on cell differentiation. In this study, we report a cell-fate determination mechanism in which importin α2 negatively regulates the nuclear import of certain transcription factors to maintain ESC properties. The nuclear import of Oct6 and Brn2 was inhibited via the formation of a transport-incompetent complex of the cargo bound to a nuclear localization signal binding site in importin α2. Unless this dominant-negative effect was downregulated upon ESC differentiation, inappropriate cell death was induced. We propose that although certain transcription factors are necessary for differentiation in ESCs, these factors are retained in the cytoplasm by importin α2, thereby preventing transcription factor activity in the nucleus until the cells undergo differentiation.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2013 · Developmental Cell
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    Full-text · Dataset · Jun 2013
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    Chiaki Mizuguchi-Hata · Yutaka Ogawa · Masahiro Oka · Yoshihiro Yoneda
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    ABSTRACT: The nuclear pore complex (NPC) is a macromolecular assembly consisting of approximately 30 different proteins called nucleoporins. Several nucleoporins are O-GlcNAcylated, which is a post-translational modification in which the monosaccharide β-N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) is attached to serine or threonine residues within proteins. However, the biological significance of this modification on nucleoporins remains obscure. Here we found that Nup62 and Nup88 protein levels were significantly decreased upon knockdown of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT), which catalyzes the O-GlcNAcylation of intracellular proteins. Although Nup88, unlike Nup62, was not recognized by an anti-O-GlcNAc antibody or WGA-HRP, knockdown of Nup62 caused a reduction in Nup88 protein levels, suggesting that the observed decrease in Nup88 in OGT knocked-down cells is due to a decrease in Nup62. Furthermore, we found that Nup88 preferentially associated with O-GlcNAcylated Nup62 compared with non-O-GlcNAcylated Nup62. These results indicate that Nup62 protein levels are primarily maintained by O-GlcNAcylation and that Nup88 is quantitatively regulated through its interaction with O-GlcNAcylated Nup62.
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    ABSTRACT: The importin (IMP) superfamily of nuclear transport proteins is essential to key developmental pathways, including in the murine testis where expression of the 6 distinct IMPα proteins is highly dynamic. Present predominantly from the spermatocyte stage onwards, IMPα4 is unique in showing a striking nuclear localization, a property we previously found to be linked to maintenance of pluripotency in embryonic stem cells and to the cellular stress response in cultured cells. Here we examine the role of IMPα4 in vivo for the first time using a novel transgenic mouse model in which we overexpress an IMPα4-EGFP fusion protein from the protamine 1 promoter to recapitulate endogenous testicular germ cell IMPα4 expression in spermatids. IMPα4 overexpression did not affect overall fertility, testis morphology/weight or spermatogenic progression under normal conditions, but conferred significantly (> 30%) increased resistance to oxidative stress specifically in the spermatid subpopulation expressing the transgene. Consistent with a cell-specific role for IMPα4 in protecting against oxidative stress, haploid germ cells from IMPα4 null mice were significantly (c. 30%) less resistant to oxidative stress than wild type controls. These results from two unique and complementary mouse models demonstrate a novel protective role for IMPα4 in stress responses specifically within haploid male germline cells, with implications for male fertility and genetic integrity.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2013 · Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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    ABSTRACT: Cell-cell contact regulates the proliferation and differentiation of non-transformed cells, e.g., NIH/3T3 cells show growth arrest at high cell density. However, only a few reports described the dynamic behavior of transcription factors involved in this process. In this study, we showed that the mRNA levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) decreased drastically at high cell density, and that ELK3, a member of the Ets transcription factor family, repressed PAI-1 expression. We also demonstrated that while ELK3 was distributed evenly throughout the cell at low cell density, it accumulated in the nucleus at high cell density, and that binding of DNA by ELK3 at the A domain facilitated its nuclear accumulation. Furthermore, we found that ETS1, a PAI-1 activator, occupied the ELK3-binding site within the PAI-1 promoter at low cell density, while it was released at high cell density. These results suggest that at high cell density, the switching of binding of transcription factors from ETS1 to ELK3 occurs at a specific binding site of the PAI-1 promoter, leading to the cell-density dependent suppression of PAI-1 expression.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Cell Structure and Function
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    ABSTRACT: The transcription-export complex (TREX) couples mRNA transcription, processing and nuclear export. We found that CFIm68, a large subunit of a heterotetrameric protein complex mammalian cleavage factor I (CFIm), which is implicated in alternative polyadenylation site choice, co-purified with Thoc5, a component of human TREX. Immunoprecipitation using antibodies against different components of TREX indicated that most likely both complexes interact via an interaction between Thoc5 and CFIm68. Microarray analysis using human HeLa cells revealed that a subset of genes was differentially expressed on Thoc5 knockdown. Notably, the depletion of Thoc5 selectively attenuated the expression of mRNAs polyadenylated at distal, but not proximal, polyadenylation sites, which phenocopied the depletion of CFIm68. Chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-Seq) indicated that CFIm68 preferentially associated with the 5′ regions of genes; strikingly, the 5′ peak of CFIm68 was significantly and globally reduced on Thoc5 knockdown. We suggest a model in which human Thoc5 controls polyadenylation site choice through the co-transcriptional loading of CFIm68 onto target genes.
    Full-text · Article · May 2013 · Nucleic Acids Research
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    ABSTRACT: Oct4 is a member of the POU family of transcription factors and plays a critical role in both maintenance of the undifferentiated state of embryonic stem (ES) cells and in the reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Oct4 is imported into the nucleus where it functions as a transcription factor; however, the spatiotemporal dynamic behavior of Oct4 remains largely unknown. In the present study, we show that Oct4 is a nucleocytoplasmic shuttling protein. Furthermore, while Oct4 mutants with altered nuclear import/export activity were able to maintain the self-renewal of ES cells, they displayed limited potential for cellular reprogramming. These results indicate that the intracellular localization of Oct4, which is dependent on nucleocytoplasmic shuttling, must be more strictly regulated for cellular reprogramming, suggesting that Oct4 plays differential roles in the self-renewal of ES cells and in somatic cell reprogramming.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2013 · Journal of Biological Chemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Influenza A viruses are a major cause of mortality. Given the potential for future lethal pandemics, effective drugs are needed for the treatment of severe influenza such as that caused by H5N1 viruses. Using mediator lipidomics and bioactive lipid screen, we report that the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-derived lipid mediator protectin D1 (PD1) markedly attenuated influenza virus replication via RNA export machinery. Production of PD1 was suppressed during severe influenza and PD1 levels inversely correlated with the pathogenicity of H5N1 viruses. Suppression of PD1 was genetically mapped to 12/15-lipoxygenase activity. Importantly, PD1 treatment improved the survival and pathology of severe influenza in mice, even under conditions where known antiviral drugs fail to protect from death. These results identify the endogenous lipid mediator PD1 as an innate suppressor of influenza virus replication that protects against lethal influenza virus infection.
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    ABSTRACT: Obtaining a homogenous population of central nervous system neurons has been a significant challenge in neuroscience research; however, a recent study established a retinoic acid-treated embryoid bodies-based differentiation protocol that permits the effective generation of highly homogeneous glutamatergic cortical pyramidal neurons from embryonic stem cells. We were able to reproduce this protocol regarding the purity of glutamatergic neurons, but these neurons were not sufficiently healthy for long-term observation under the same conditions that were originally described. Here, we achieved a substantial improvement in cell survival by applying a simple technique: We changed the medium for glutamatergic neurons from the original complete medium to commercially available SBM (the Nerve-Cell Culture Medium manufactured by Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.) and finally succeeded in maintaining healthy neurons for at least 3 weeks without decreasing their purity. Because SBM contains glial conditioned medium, we postulated that brain-derived neurotrophic factor or basic fibroblast growth factor is the key components responsible for pro-survival effect of SBM on neurons, and examined their effect by adding them to CM. As a result, neither of them had pro-survival effect on pure glutamatergic neuronal population.
    Preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
  • Masahiro Nagai · Yoshihiro Yoneda
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The small GTPase Ran, Ras-related nuclear protein, plays important roles in multiple fundamental cellular functions such as nucleocytoplasmic transport, mitotic spindle assembly, and nuclear envelope formation, by binding to either GTP or GDP as a molecular switch. Although it has been clinically demonstrated that Ran is highly expressed in multiple types of cancer cells and specimens, the physiological significance of Ran expression levels is unknown. METHODS: During the long-term culture of normal mammalian cells, we found that the endogenous Ran level gradually reduced in a passage-dependent manner. To examine the physiological significance of Ran reduction, we first performed small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated abrogation of Ran in human diploid fibroblasts. RESULTS: Ran-depleted cells showed several senescent phenotypes. Furthermore, we found that nuclear accumulation of importin α, which was also observed in cells treated with siRNA against CAS, a specific export factor for importin α, occurred in the Ran-depleted cells before the cells showed senescent phenotypes. Further, the CAS-depleted cells also exhibited cellular senescence. Indeed, importin α showed predominant nuclear localisation in a passage-dependent manner. CONCLUSIONS: Reduction in Ran levels causes cytoplasmic decrease and nuclear accumulation of importin α leading to cellular senescence in normal cells. General Significance The amount of intracellular Ran may be critically related to cell fate determination, such as malignant transformation and senescence. The cellular aging process may proceed through gradual regression of Ran-dependent nucleocytoplasmic transport competency.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2012 · Biochimica et Biophysica Acta

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1,202.71 Total Impact Points


  • 1985-2015
    • Osaka University
      • • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
      • • Division of Biochemistry
      • • Biomolecular Networks Laboratories
      • • Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
      • • Graduate School of Medicine
      • • Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology
      • • Division of Cell Biology
      • • Department of Anatomy
      • • School of Medicine
      Suika, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2014
    • National Institute of Biomedical Innovation
      Ibaragi, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2010-2011
    • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
      Edo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002-2011
    • Osaka City University
      • • Department of Biochemistry
      • • Graduate School of Engineering
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
    • Hiroshima University
      • Department of Biochemistry
      Hirosima, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1995
    • Kumamoto University
      • Department of Molecular Genetics
      Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1988
    • National Institute for Basic Biology
      Okazaki, Aichi, Japan