Professor Seisuke Kimura

Area and Subject Taught Plant Developmental Biology
Research Theme(s) Study on the roles and mechanism of phenotypic plasticity in leaf shape
Academic Degrees Ph. D.
Keywords for Research Field Plant, Development, Leaf, Plasticity
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-3113
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Research Overview

Plant can alter their development, physiology and life history depending on environmental conditions. This fundamental property is called phenotypic plasticity. The North American lake cress, Rorippa aquatica is an herbaceous perennial aquatic mustard. Typical habitat of lake cress is at shores of ponds, slow-moving streams and other quiet waters in North America. The lake cress shows phenotypic plasticity on leaf shape. In nature, the leaf shape of this plant depends on whether the plant is submerged in or emergent from water. Submerged leaves are usually deeply dissected and has needle-like blade, whereas emergent leaves are generally entire with serrated or smooth margins. This phenotypic plasticity on leaf shape is thought to be adaptive response to submergence and increase the fi tness in water's edge environment where most of lake cress populations are found. Despite the significance of this plant to study fundamental mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity and environmental responses in plants, the underlying mechanism hasn't been investigated. We investigate the mechanism of the heterophylly of Rorippa aquatica.

Notable Publications and Works in the Last Three Years

  1. Hokuto Nakayama, Kenji Fukushima, Tatsuya Fukuda, Jun Yokoyama, Seisuke Kimura, Molecular Phylogeny Determined Using Chloroplast DNA Inferred a New Phylogenetic Relationship of Rorippa aquatica (Eaton) EJ Palmer & Steyermark (Brassicaceae) - Lake Cress, American Journal of Plant Sciences (2014) 5: 48-54 | 10.4236/ajps.2014.51008
  2. Kaoru O Yoshiyama, Kengo Sakaguchi, Seisuke Kimura, DNA damage response in plants: Conserved and variable response compared to animals, Review in special issue on “Insights from Plant Genomes”, Biology (2013) 2: 1338-1356 | 10.3390/biology2041338
  3. Kaoru O Yoshiyama, Junya Kobayashi, Nobuo Ogita, Minako Ueda, Seisuke Kimura, Hisaji Maki, Masaaki Umeda, ATM-mediated phosphorylation of SOG1 is essential for the DNA damage response in Arabidopsis, EMBO Reports (2013) 14: 817-822 | 10.1038/embor.2013.112
  4. 武内亮、中山北斗、金井良博、内山幸伸、坂口謙吾、木村成介, 植物のTWINKLEは葉緑体DNA複製に関わるDNAプライマーゼか? — アミノ酸配列の比較による検討 —, 京都産業大学総合学術研究所報(2013)8号:49-55
  5. Daniel Koenig*, José M. Jiménez-Gómez*, Seisuke Kimura§, Daniel Fulop§, Daniel H. Chitwood, Lauren R. Headland, Ravi Kumar, Michael F. Covington, Upendra Kumar Devisetty, An V. Tat, Takayuki Tohge, Anthony Bolger, Korbinian Schneeberger, Stephan Ossowski, Christa Lanz, Guangyan Xiong, Mallorie Taylor-Teeples, Siobhan M Brady, Markus Pauly, Detlef Weigel, Björn Usadel, Alisdair R. Fernie, Jie Peng, Neelima R. Sinha, and Julin N. Maloof (*§ These authors contributed equally to this work), Comparative transcriptomics reveals patterns of selection in domesticated and wild tomato, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2013) 110: E2655-2662
  6. Molly Sharlach, Douglas Dahlbeck, Lily Liu, Joshua Chiu, José M. Jiménez-Gómez, Seisuke Kimura, Daniel Koenig, Julin N. Maloof, Neelima Sinha, Gerald V. Minsavage, Jeffrey B. Jones, Robert E. Stall, Brian J. Staskawicz, Fine genetic mapping of RXopJ4, a bacterial spot disease resistance locus from Solanum pennellii LA716, Theoretical and Applied Genetics (2013) 126: 601-609
  7. 木村 成介, 複葉の発生と進化, 総説, 生物の科学 遺伝 (2013) 67: 50-56
  8. Ravi Kumar, Yasunori Ichihasi, Seisuke Kimura, Daniel H. Chitwood, Lauren R. Headland, Jie Peng, Julin N. Maloof, Neelima R. Sinha, A high-throughput method for Illumina RNA-seq library preparation, Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics (2012) 3: 1-10
  9. Amos Alakonya*, Ravi Kumar*, Daniel Koenig*, Seisuke Kimura*, Brad Townsley*, Steven Runo, Helena M Garces, Julie Kang, Andrea Yanez, Rakafet David-Schwartz, Jesse Machuka, and Neelima Sinha (*These authors contributed equally to this work), Interspecific RNAi of STM disrupts Cuscuta pentagona plant parasitism, The Plant Cell (2012) 24: 3153-3166 | 10.1105/tpc.112.099994
  10. Naomi Nakayama, Richard Smith, Therese Mandel, Sarah Robinson, Seisuke Kimura, Arezki Boudaoud, Cris Kuhlemeier, Mechanical regulation of auxin-mediated growth, Current Biology (2012) 22: 1468-1476
  11. Hokuto Nakayama, Naomi Nakayama, Akiko Nakamasu, Neelima Sinha and Seisuke Kimura, Toward elucidating the mechanisms that regulate heterophylly, Review, Plant Morphology (2012) 24: 57-63