Research Institute of Electronics

Filamentous cyanobacteria specific glycolipid

Production of useful compounds in cyanobacteria

DNA methylation involved in environmental stress responses

Photosynthesis occurs in the thylakoid membranes, of which glycolipids (galactolipids) share more than 80%. Why glycolipids? Why galactose? We are trying to answer these questions using biochemical and genetical approaches.

A new membrane glycolipid was found in filamentous cyanobacteria. It is not found in unicellular cyanobacteria and could be involved in filamentous morphology. We are trying to identify physiological role(s) of this lipid.

Under construction




Physiological functions and metabolisms of lipids in the photosynthetic membranes

We are developing a system for production of useful compounds in photosynthetic prokaryotes, cyanobacteria. Hope this will help at least a part of the global warming problem.

Materials (photos)


  Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana)

  Tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana)



  Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

  Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942

  Anabaena sp. PCC 7120

  Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis



  Zooxanthella (Symbiodinium sp.)

  Mushroom (Flammulina velutipes)


and so on...