Natural Product Biosynthesis Research Unit

Unit Leader

Shunji Takahashi

D.Sci.

Shunji Takahashi

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1997
D.Sci., Chiba University
1997
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Tokyo
1998
Research Associate, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University
2002
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky, USA
2005
Postdoctoral Researcher, Antibiotics Laboratory, RIKEN
2007
Senior Research Scientist, Antibiotics Laboratory, RIKEN
2011
Team Head, Cheminformatics and Compound Creation Team
2013
Unit Leader, Natural Product Biosynthesis Research Unit, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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Natural Product Biosynthesis Research Unit,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

#403 Chemical Biology Building,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Natural Product Biosynthesis Research Unit
Microorganisms such as actinomycetes and filamentous fungi are a rich repository of valuable secondary metabolites. The understanding of biosynthetic mechanisms is important to utilize microbial metabolites efficiently. For this reason we elucidate a key reactions of biosynthetic pathways by genetic and biochemical methods. We diversify microbial metabolites by modifying gene clusters and pathway engineering. In addition to utilizing transcriptional regulators, we develop novel methods to activate biosynthetic gene clusters by small molecules and create natural products. We are constructing microbial biosynthetic platforms and efficiently produce valuable natural products using genetic resources from nature.

Subjects

  1. Elucidation of biosynthetic machinery of bioactive microbial metabolites by genetic, biochemical and structural analyses
  2. Evaluation of transcriptional regulators associated with secondary metabolite gene clusters
  3. Production of novel secondary metabolites from unknown gene clusters unveiled by genome sequence analysis
  4. Development of small molecules that enhance production of secondary metabolites
  5. Construction of biosynthetic platforms using microorganisms
From genetic resources to chemical resources
Identification of biosynthetic gene clusters of valuable microbial metabolites